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Cruella 2 - What We Know So Far

"Cruella," Disney's latest foray into live-action adaptations of their animated classics, has been a big hit with fans. Holding a 74% Tomatometer score and 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers have enjoyed watching the very talented Emma Stone take her on spin on the iconic villain. Unlike past portrayals of the conniving, devilish diva, "Cruella" serves as a prequel, focusing on the character's backstory and rise to infamy (in particular, the story fleshes out just why she's so set on getting that Dalmatian fur).

Not so surprisingly, the film's success has brought shiny dollar signs into the eyes of Disney execs, and a "Cruella" sequel is in the works, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This is certainly welcome news to audiences who enjoyed watching Stone galivant around 1970s London in some spectacular frocks. But what do we know so far about this recently announced sequel? Read on to find out.

When will we see the Cruella sequel?

"Cruella" released in theaters and on Disney+ premier access on May 28th, 2021. Though the film was beat by "A Quiet Place II" at the all-important Memorial Day box office, as reported by Deadline, the opening box office gross of $21.3 million was enough to inspire the House of Mouse to get started on a sequel (though many viewers likely chose to watch "Cruella" at home instead of theaters, Disney does not share specific ratings for their original Disney+ streaming titles).

The Hollywood Reporter has shared that "Cruella" director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are expected to return for the sequel. No details have been announced on expected release date, though with the success of the original film, it's likely Disney will want to get the film out as soon as possible. Additionally, now that COVID-19 restrictions are lifting worldwide, including in London where "Cruella" was filmed, there are less impediments to getting the ball rolling on this sequel.

Who will be in the cast of the Cruella sequel?

According to IMDb, Emma Stone does have two other projects currently in pre-production — including "The Curse," a new scripted comedy created by the always hilarious Nathan Fielder — so her schedule might be a bit packed to take on a new filming project in the near future. However, Stone made it clear in interviews just how much she enjoyed playing the character, and it's very likely that Disney will also be willing to shell out the necessary cash to get her on board for a sequel. 

Of course, the legendary Emma Thompson's portrayal of The Baroness certainly added to the entertainment value of "Cruella." We're unsure how her character would fit in to a sequel, given the events of the film, though we always welcome Thompson in any performance. Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser also entertained audiences as Cruella's hilarious henchmen Jasper and Horace, respectfully, and we can't imagine a continuation of this Cruella story without her two trusty sidekicks. 

What will be the plot of the Cruella sequel?

The first "Cruella" serves as a prequel for the "101 Dalmatians" story we know and love. Therefore, it's likely any sequel would be a retelling of that story. As the film ends (spoiler alert!) with Cruella delivering Pongo and Perdita to Roger and Anita, it seems certain that the next installment would be revisiting Cruella's classic crimes. Disney has certainly not shied away from remakes in recent years. The classic "101 Dalmatians" was actually their first dip into the trend, with the 1996 adaptation of the 1961 animation, starring Glenn Close as the Cruella. 

Still, we'd love to see another take on the story with Emma Stone in the lead — perhaps a telling that focuses more on Cruella's pursuit of the puppies. With lead screenwriter Tony McNamara at the helms for the sequel, we imagine the story will be a seamless continuation of the story that has captured audiences since the release of the first "Cruella." We'll have to wait and see what comes of the sequel, but one thing's for sure — we are eagerly awaiting the return of the evil fashion icon.