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Cruella 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, trailer, and more news

Are you ready for the Cruella 2 release date? Well, here's everything you need to know about Emma Stone's return as the dog-obsessed Disney villain.

Cruella 2 release date: Emma Stone as Estella in Cruella

When is the Cruella 2 release date? Love them or hate them, Disney live-action movies are here to stay. But whether you are a fan of the House of Mouse’s reimagining of your childhood movies and beloved animated characters or not, you can’t deny that at least one fashion-obsessed villain’s story was a slam dunk when it was released back in 2021.

That’s right, out of all the Disney movies, Emma Stone’s portrayal of Cruella holds a special place in our hearts. Not only is it one of the best Disney live-actions, but it also gave us new insights into one of the best Disney villains of all time. So, as you can imagine, we want to see more. From its release date, plot, and trailer, here is everything you need to know about Cruella’s big screen return.

Cruella 2 release date speculation

Cruella 2 was announced in June 2021. However, it’s likely that the film will only release sometime in 2025.

Disney has been keeping quiet about the state of production on the sequel. Writing was supposed to begin in 2022. And, while a script is likely in the works as we speak, we doubt it’s finished since the 2023 Writers Strike happened during its development.

Luckily, the strike is now over, but writers still need time if we want to see a decent story again. With that in mind, filming for Cruella 2 can only start in 2024 at the earliest. And after you take post-production into account, there will be a few months needed before it’s ready for the big screen.

We will be sure to keep you posted as more news heads our way. But for now, the best we can do is cross our fingers and hope for more updates soon.

Cruella 2 release date: Emma Stone as Cruella

Who is in the Cruella 2 cast?

You can’t have a Cruella film without the main star, so it should shock no one to hear that Emma Stone will be back as the titular villain. 

Stone officially signed onto the sequel back in August 2021 (as reported by Deadline). So, at least, we can all rest easy knowing that our main star is back. The other Cruella alumni joining her in the sequel are the brains behind the first film – director Craig Gillespie (who is also responsible for I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl) and writer Tony McNamara (creator of The Great and co-writer of The Favourite).

However, besides Stone as Cruella, currently, no other cast announcements have been made. But we have some ideas on returning faces, even if Disney is keeping quiet for now. We expect that Paul Walter Hauser’s Horace and Joel Fry’s Jasper will make a return.

And, of course, Anita Darling is a massive figure in the 101 Dalamtions universe, so we bet Kirby will be back, too. But only time will tell if Emma Thompson’s Baroness will return. Perhaps her incarceration brought an end to her arc, but we could be surprised yet.

Here’s the expected Cruella 2 cast list: 

  • Emma Stone as Cruella
  • Joel Fry as Jasper
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Horace
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Anita Darling
  • Emma Thompson as the Baroness

Cruella 2 release date: Emma Thompson as the Baroness

Cruella 2 plot: what will happen in the sequel?

Provided our favorite well-dressed baddie, the Baroness, makes it back for Cruella 2, we can expect the “vengeance” she screams out of the back of a police car at Cruella to come to fruition.

She could be released from the big house (or even escape) in a bid to enact perfect revenge against her, with Cruella trying to avoid her downfall at the Baroness’ hands. Alternatively, Cruella 2 could take us straight to the good bit with a direct prequel to, or another adaptation of, 101 Dalmatians.

The 2021 film’s post-credits scene sees Cruella gift Roger and Anita with Pongo and Perdita, the two central pets from the animated movie. Perhaps the new movie could simply be 101 Dalmatians from her perspective, granting a new interpretation of the classic tale.

It’d be a bold move, as Cruella’s actions in that film are particularly grim, and it might cast away the audience’s loving connection to her that was forged in her origin story — but it could be just a bold enough idea to work. And it might just be precisely what director Craig Gillespie is looking for.

“I feel like we’ve only just met her. I’d love to now see the full-blown Cruella, fully loaded,” he said in an interview with Collider. “She’s managed to get the support system around her, and she can really expand on her brand. I’d love to see where that takes her and how you could almost destroy her from inside out if she’s not careful with all that power.”

As we said, it’s a bold move and a tragic outcome as well. From Gillespie’s words, it looks like Cruella 2 may be a downfall story, where we see Estella fully morph into the dog-killing baddie Cruella once and for all.

Emma Stone as Cruella in the 2021 movie, Cruella, holding a pack of dogs on a leash

Is there a Cruella 2 trailer?

Sorry, folks, but there is no trailer for Cruella 2 just yet. And we don’t expect to see a teaser for our favorite villain’s comeback until 2025, either.

As mentioned above, the script is still in the works, so filming for the sequel isn’t on the cards right now. We know, we are upset by the news, too. Luckily, we have the trailer for the first movie down below for all of you to enjoy, or you can check out our list of the best Disney princesses if you want a change of pace in the meantime.

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Where can I watch Cruella?

The good news is that while we wait for the sequel, you can now watch Cruella on Disney Plus and on select VOD platforms.  

That is right, the 2021 movie is on the streaming service. And, if you aren’t on Disney Plus yet, don’t worry; you have options. Cruella is also available to rent or buy digitally via Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.

Personally, we recommend the Disney Plus route, though, since there are tons of exciting films and shows new on Disney Plus this month to enjoy. Click our button below to start exploring the platform now!

That’s all we know about the Dalmatian deviant for now, but as soon as there’s any new information, we will be sure to keep you updated. For more Disney sequels, why not check out our guides to the Frozen 3 release date, Maleficent 3, and the Zootopia 2 release date?

We also have The Little Mermaid review for you to read if you love live actions. And finally, you need to check out our list of the best movies ever made.