Cruella sets record for Disney during COVID-19 pandemic


Cruella joins the ensemble of movies that made a comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it became one of the most notable yet after setting a record.

Cruella spearheaded the world premiere Disney set for the film, making a record amid trying times.

On Wednesday night, the Disney film debuted at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. The event comes before the live-action flick officially debuts in theaters and on Disney+ Premier.

Emma Stone’s movie will finally tell the story of the young Cruella de Vil before she became a notable 101 Dalmatians antagonist. Cruella’s official release date will be during Memorial Day Weekend.

Despite setting records, the team held the event at a smaller audience than expected. Due to the social distancing and safety protocols, they invited no press inside. Still, Cruella became the first movie from the major studio to hold an in-theater premiere.

Furthermore, it successfully commenced a proper red carpet event.

Who attended the Cruella red carpet event?

While the number of attendees was limited, the cast of the flick attended the event.

Stone walked on the red carpet alongside her co-star Kirby Howell-Baptiste and director Craig Gillespie. Walt Disney Co. CEP Bob Chapek and studio chiefs, Alan Bergman and Alan Horn, also joined the event.

Due to the ongoing vaccinations and a decrease in COVID-19 cases, Hollywood started preparing for the reopening of movie theaters.

As of the writing, cinemas across the U.S. began to reopen steadily in the past weeks. nearly 65 percent already opened for business.

Cruella release dare, cast, and more details

Thompson (Baroness), Joel Fry (Jasper Badun), Paul Walter Hauser (Horace Badun), Emily Beecham (Anita), Mark Strong (Boris), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Tabitha), and Jamie Demetriou (Gerald) completes the ensemble members of the cast.

The film is set in the 1970s and tells the story of a young girl named Estella. She is a creative girl who wants to build an empire using her designs. But everything goes wrong when she meets two young thieves who, in return, will help her have the life she wants on the London streets.

The kindhearted woman turns into a villain following a meetup with Baroness von Hellman.

For Stone’s part, playing the role that Glenn Close once played was truly a dream come true.

“I think she’s obviously the GOAT, but I also have just loved the cartoon for a really long time,” Stone said, as quoted by ET online. “This comes before [Close’s] story. This leads to her to where she becomes true greatness.”

Featured image courtesy of Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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