Cruella releases on Disney + at no additional cost this week
The 101 Dalmatians Cruella prequel starring Emma Stone arrives on Disney + this Friday at no additional cost after its first release in May.
Emma Stone star 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruel arrives on Disney + this Friday at no additional cost after its first release in May. Set during the London punk rock movement of the 1970s, the film explores Cruella de Vil’s origins as she was born Estella Miller and grew up aspiring to be a fashion designer. After going to work for the narcissistic and evil Baroness von Hellman, Estella transforms into the infamous Cruella de Vil in order to defeat Hellman and make her name in the fashion world.
Released in theaters and on Disney + Premier Access in May, Cruel became a hit for House of Mouse, grossing over $ 226 million at the global box office and just over $ 20 million in premium streaming fees. The film also received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Craig Gillespie’s direction, performances by Stone, Emma Thompson and Paul Walter Hauser, costume design, production values ââand the soundtrack, while some criticism has been leveled at the script. The success sparked Disney interest in a sequel, with Stone recently making a deal to return for the lead role.
Almost two weeks after Stone signed on to return for a sequel, Disney announced that Cruel will be available to all Disney + subscribers this week. No longer associated with a Premier Access supplement, the film will arrive on the streaming platform on Friday. Check out the announcement below:
The announcement of Cruel coming to Disney + comes at an interesting time for all parties involved in the film. The House of the Mouse is still in the middle of a lawsuit with Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson on the streaming release of the Marvel movie, which Stone also briefly considered taking similar steps for the release of her movie. Subsequent reports even revealed that the film almost completely skipped theaters and opted for a single streaming release, although Stone and Gillespie pushed back and the studio should have paid everyone involved a pretty dime for it. works.
The film’s hybrid release turned out to be favorable to both Stone and Disney, with Cruel having become both a box office and a streaming hit when it released in May. Johansson’s lawsuit also encouraged Stone to negotiate a better deal to return for the sequel and push the studio to better approach the future of the hybrid release model in order to protect the talent as much as the studio. While fans wait for news of the sequel, they can revisit or catch up Cruel because it hits Disney + at no extra cost this Friday.
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