Cruella now free on Disney Plus: How to watch Disney's live-action prequel
Emma Stone plays the dog-skinning villainess as the live action prequel becomes free to all Disney Plus subscribers Aug. 27.
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"Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil, if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will!" Cruella, Disney's live-action prequel starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, is finally streaming on Disney Plus for no extra fee.
Originally released in May, the movie reveals Cruella de Vil's origin story and shows what she was like before the events of classic tale The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which was originally published as a novel in 1956. The story has since been twice adapted for the silver screen: first as an animated film in 1961 and then as a live-action movie with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels in 1996. Actress Emma Stone's version of Cruella de Vil breathes new life into the iconically evil villain with real punk rock revolution energy.
Keep reading to learn all the details of how to stream Cruella at home.
In August 2019 at Disney's D23 event, a video from Stone and Emma Thompson -- who were filming the movie at the time -- said Cruella will "take us back" to the villain's younger years.
"It's 1970s, set in London," Oscar winner Emma Stone said in the video. "It's punk rock. A great cast."
A trailer in February showed Cruella as a young woman trying to make it in London as an aspiring fashion designer. "I was born brilliant, born bad and a little bit mad," Stone says in voiceover. The trailer shows Dalmatians growling at her, Cruella speeding around in a vintage car and the villainess setting things on fire.
Cast and crew: Who's in it?
Here's the main cast:
Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil
Emma Thompson as the Baroness
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Anita Darling
Kayvan Novak as Roger
Joel Fry as Jasper
Paul Walter Hauser as Horace
Mark Strong as John the valet
The new Cruella de Vil song
Here's the Florence and the Machine song Call Me Cruella, written for the movie. It's a bit of an update to Roger's piano-based song from the original cartoon, and the video shows more of the "crazy" villain scrubbing floors and attending fashionable events.
Was Cruella a hit?
The film reportedly earned over $32.4 million in the US and over $48.5 million worldwide. It should be noted the theatrical release came during the pandemic, which doubtless affected box office takings. Disney rarely shares specifics on how a film did on Disney Plus. However, it was clearly enough of a hit for Disney to invite Emma Stone back almost immediately...