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Things We Saw Today: ‘Cruella 2’ Is Definitely Happening

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emma stone poses in cruella

***SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses the final scenes of Cruella.***

Hold onto your two-toned wig: Cruella de Vil is returning to the big screen. Again. Cruella director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara are returning for the sequel, and Emma Stone is expected to reprise her role as everyone’s favorite wicked fashionista. While Cruella has only been out for two weeks, the film has already earned $51.8 million worldwide. It’s unclear how much money the movie earned on Disney+’s Premier Access, where it was available to stream for $30. But the numbers must have been strong enough to earn a greenlight for a sequel.

Cruella has received largely favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, and its origin story ends with its titular character poised for more high fashion shenanigans. While the sequel is still in the early stages, it’s unclear whether the film will be another wholly original idea or a loose adaptation of 101 Dalmatians.

The mid-credits scene of the film seems to indicate the latter. We see two Dalmatian puppies (born from the Baroness’s own Dalmatians) named Pongo and Perdita are delivered to Roger (Kayvan Novak) and Anita (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). The final shot sees Roger composing the iconic “Cruella de Vil” theme song.

Of course, Stone’s Cruella is clearly devoted to dogs, so it will be interesting to see how a sequel reimagines the antagonist’s desire to turn puppies into a fur coat. Or Gillespie and McNamara could go in a totally different direction, like Disney’s other villain-centered sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Emmas Stone and Thompson discussed a potential sequel in the vein of The Godfather Part II, which functions as both a sequel and a prequel to the original.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Disney)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.