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Disney's Cruella with Emma Stone: Release date, plot, pictures and everything we know

The dog-skinning villain is back.

Emma Stone Cruella

Emma Stone as Cruella in the live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel.

Walt Disney Studios

Disney's giving yet another of its animated classics the live-action treatment, with a movie about 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella set to hit the big screen in 2021. 

This Cruella, played by Emma Stonehas a more punk-rock feel, and the movie's set to be a comedy. It follows a young Cruella de Vil in a villain origin story that takes place prior to the events of 101 Dalmatians, which first hit screens as an animated film in 1961 and in 1996 got a live-action version starring Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels. 

The plot: What's it all about?

During Disney's D23 event in August, a video from Stone and Emma Thompson -- who were filming the movie at the time -- said the film will "take us back" to the younger years of the villain, according to CNET sister site ET.

"It's 1970s, set in London -- can you get out of my eyeliner please?" Stone said in the video. "It's punk rock. A great cast."

When a dalmatian appeared later in the teaser, Stone said: "I can't work like this. I'm going back to my trailer."

Stone called the movie "trippy," "wild" and "bananas" when speaking with ET at the premiere of Zombieland: Double Tap on Oct. 10. She added she's taking inspiration both from Close's portrayal of Cruella and from the cartoon. 

"I think she's obviously the GOAT," Stone said about Close, "but I also have just loved the cartoon for a really long time ... This comes before [Close's] story," she added. "This leads to her to where she becomes true greatness."

What's it going to look like?

The most we've seen of the movie is an image released at Disney's D23.

"Here's your first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Disney's Cruella," Walt Disney Studios tweeted on Aug. 24. "The film, also starring Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry, comes to theaters May 28, 2021."

Release date: When can I see it?

Disney delayed the release of the movie by almost six months in August, pushing it back from Dec. 23, 2020, to May 28, 2021.

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Cast and crew: Who's in it?

The upcoming film will be directed Craig Gillespie, who also worked on I, Tonya.

Here's the main cast so far:

Emily Beecham has also joined the cast, according to a report on Sept. 20.

First published at 8:07 p.m. PT on Oct. 15.
Updated on Nov. 4 at 10:42 a.m.: Adds more comments from Stone.