Disney is once again bringing to life one of its classic animations, this time for its second villainous backstory. Want to know the making of the monochromatic Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians and the origins of her penchant for stealing Dalmatian puppies? You can now watch Cruella online - and here's how by signing up to Disney Plus and getting it with Premier Access.
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Release date: Friday, May 28
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, John McCrea, Emily Beecham, Mark Strong, Kayvan Novak, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jamie Demetriou, Niamh Lynch
Directors: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 134 min
Set in 1970s London, the film tracks back to tell the story of a young con-woman named Estella who has aims of making it big in the fashion world with her bold designs.
Estella’s life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with Baroness von Hellman, a brilliant, yet terrifying designer.
Teaming up with Hellman could be the catalyst for a great career in fashion, but it also threatens to turn Estella into one of the most notorious villains in movie history.
Alongside Stone's star turn in the lead role as the infamous puppy kidnapper, the film also stars Emma Thompson, Emily Beecham and Mark Strong.
Cruella is the third movie to launch on Disney Plus Premier Access, following the recent releases of Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon.
Premier Access is Disney Plus' PVOD (premium video on-demand) service and is only available to existing customers. That means that you need a great value Disney Plus subscription to watch Cruella and stream the full movie right now - but fortunately it's pretty incredible value.
You can grab a subscription for just $7.99/£7.99/AU$11.99 a month - and lucky folks in the US can grab a combined Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle for the ludicrously low price of just $13.99 p/m.
Read on for more details on how to watch Cruella online with Premier Access - or get started right away by grabbing a Disney Plus subscription.
How to watch Cruella online: stream full movie on Disney Plus today
Anyone in countries that have access to Disney Plus - North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, most of mainland Europe and more - simply need to head to the Disney Plus website to sign up for the service.
Once you've done that, you'll find Cruella available to buy through the Premier Access platform for $29.99/£19.99/AU$34.99 from Friday, May 28.
As for Disney Plus itself, it's well worth checking out. In addition to getting you first dibs on Premier Access films, it features every episode of The Simpsons ever made, all your favorite Pixar flicks, the latest Marvel movies, and the complete Star Wars canon.
You can save 15% if you sign up for an annual subscription, or if you're in the US, for the ultimate value you can take advantage of a combined bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus for the outrageously cheap price of just $13.99 a month.
What is Disney Plus Premier Access?
With the world in lockdown, and the shutters down on cinemas around the world, Disney Plus introduced Premier Access in September 2020, initially as a premium video on-demand platform for the release of the Mulan live-action remake.
It's now reserved for the service's absolute biggest movie releases and designed to allow you to watch the latest blockbusters from the comfort of home - whether that's simply your preference or because movie theaters may be closed where you are.
It's a great option to have and Disney's spared no effort trying to recreate the cinematic experience, with Cruella available to watch in stunning 4K HDR resolution (Dolby Vision) and offering support for immersive Dolby Atmos sound.
While the one-off $30/£20/AU$35 on demand fee on the face of it seems hefty, it does work out at about the same price as two movie tickets in most places (and means you don't have to splash out on expensive popcorn, drinks and snacks) and allows subscribers to pause the action re-watch as many times as they like. And while Premier Access films will eventually come to Disney Plus's regular library, it won't be for another three months.
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What else should I know about Disney Plus?
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