CRUELLA Behind The Scenes Filming and Featurette (2021)
Cruella is an upcoming American crime comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie with a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, from a story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel, and Steve Zissis. The film is based on the character Cruella de Vil, introduced in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and more precisely, on the version from the Disney's 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. It is the third live-action film in the 101 Dalmatians franchise.
Emma Stone stars as the title character, with Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Mark Strong in supporting roles.
Walt Disney Pictures announced the film's development in 2013, with Andrew Gunn as producer. Stone was cast in 2016 and also serves as an executive producer on the film alongside Glenn Close, who previously portrayed Cruella in the previous live-action adaptations, 101 Dalmatians (1996) and 102 Dalmatians (2000). Principal photography took place between August and November 2019.
Cruella is scheduled to be released theatrically and simultaneously available on Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28, 2021, in the United States.
Emma Stone as Estella "Cruella" de Vil: An ambitious and aspiring fashion designer, who will go on to become a notorious and dangerous criminal obsessed with Dalmatian furs.
Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as young Estella de Vil
Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman: The head of a prestigious fashion house and a renowned haute fashion legend, who is Estella's boss and her eventual rival, who plays a role in Estella's transformation.
Joel Fry as Jasper Badun: A thief hired by Estella to help her in her crimes and Horace's brother.
Paul Walter Hauser as Horace Badun: A thief hired by Estella to help her in her crimes and Jasper's brother.
Emily Beecham as Catherine de Vil: Estella's mother, an impoverished laundrywoman.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Anita Darling: Estella's childhood friend, who is working as a journalist.
Mark Strong as John: The Baroness' valet whose "agenda is not as plain as his name".
Jamie Demetriou as Gerald
John McCrea as Artie
A live-action Cruella de Vil film, based upon the character in Disney's 101 Dalmatians franchise, was announced in 2013. Andrew Gunn was hired to produce the film, with Glenn Close (who previously played the character in the previous 1996 live-action adaptation 101 Dalmatians and its sequel 102 Dalmatians) serving as executive producer and Kelly Marcel revising the script originally written by Aline Brosh McKenna. On January 6, 2016, Emma Stone was cast in the titular role of Cruella de Vil. In August 2016, Jez Butterworth was hired to rewrite the previous draft of the screenplay. In November 2016, it was reported that Disney had hired Alex Timbers to direct the live-action adaptation, with Marc Platt joining the film as a producer. However, in December 2018, it was revealed that Timbers had left the film due to scheduling conflicts and Craig Gillespie would instead direct the film.
In May 2019, Emma Thompson joined the cast as the Baroness, described as "an antagonist to Cruella who's thought to be pivotal in her transformation to the villain we know today". Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore, and Demi Moore were also in consideration for the role, while Dev Patel was considered for the role of Roger Dearly. The same month, Tony McNamara and Dana Fox were hired to write the recent version of the screenplay. Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser were added in the following months as Jasper and Horace.
In August 2019, during the D23 Expo, it was revealed that principal photography for Cruella had already begun. The first official image from the film featuring Stone as Cruella de Vil with three adult Dalmatians on a leash, Hauser as Horace and Fry as Jasper was also unveiled during the event. In September 2019, Mark Strong, Emily Beecham and Kirby Howell-Baptiste were added to the cast. Filming wrapped in November 2019.
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