Academy Award winner Emma Stone (La La Land) stars in Disney's Cruella, a new live-action feature film that recounts the rebellious beginnings of one of the most celebrated villains, none other than the legendary Cruella de Vil. Disney has published another film showing us the Cruella of Emma Stone and Baroness Von Hellman who plays Emma Thompson in a haute couture duel, so we have taken the opportunity to interview director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) about this story that delves into the origins of Disney's best dressed villain. London had a different texture in the 70s, with all that grime and pollution, and the punk movement that emerged in the King’s Road area is one of the main inspirations for the film.
Disney's Cruella is directed by Craig Gillespie (Me, Tonya) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, with a story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. Producers are Andrew Gunn (Put yourself in my shoes), Marc Platt (Mary Poppins Returns) and Kristin Burr (Christopher Robin), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room with a View) has been commissioned to create the film's dazzling costumes.
That sense of rebellion against the establishment fits very well with Cruella. Our production designer Fiona Crombie did an incredible job bringing that period to life, including the London squat movement featured in the film. Obviously, there are no more empty lots in Notting Hill, so our team recreated one in the study, including even the holes in the ground. But much of the filming took place on location. We had no less than 32 locations in London, which is unusual for a film of this size. The first time producer Sean Bailey called me to do the movie, he mentioned the punk scene from the beginning, not only in terms of fashion, but also in terms of music, like Blondie, The Clash, Queen… The musical narrative it is very powerful in Cruella. We ended up having almost 50 songs in this movie.