Cruella on Disney Plus: How to Watch This Weekend

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


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Cruella is in theaters (and on streaming service Disney Plus), while Disney’s latest live action movie revives the iconic evil villain of the 101 Dalmatians story.

This version of Cruella de Vil, played by Emma Stone, has a more punk rock energy, and the film will be an anarchist comedy. It follows young Cruella in an origin story that takes place prior to the events of the classic tale The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a 1956 novel that first hit screens as an animated film in 1961 and was adapted into live action with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels in 1996.

Cruella: How and When to Watch

Due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Cruella’s release date has been moved from Christmas to May 28, 2021. You can see it in both cinemas or paid Premier access On Disney Plus now, as the movie comes to all Disney Plus subscribers for free on August 27th.

Until it is more widely available, access to the movie in Premier Access costs an additional $ 30 on top of your monthly bill for Disney’s streaming service.

The plot and trailers: what is it all about?

In August 2019 at Disney’s D23 event, a video by Stone and Emma Thompson – who were filming the movie at the time – said the movie will “take us back” to the villain’s younger years.

“It’s 70s, set in London,” said Stone in the video. “It’s punk rock. A great cast.”

A new trailer in February of this year, Cruella showed off as a young woman trying to make it in the fashion world in London. “I was born brilliant, born bad and a little crazy,” said Stone in voice-over. The trailer features Dalmatians growling at her, Cruella driving around in a vintage car and the bad guys 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 Servant

The new Cruella de Vil number

Here’s the Florence and the Machine song Call Me Cruella for the movie – a bit of an update since Roger’s 1960s piano song from the original cartoon – showcasing more of the “crazy” villain scrubbing floors and attending fashion events.

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