Rumors point out that Cruella 2 could be a musical with Taylor Swift in the villain role. But nothing has been confirmed so far. Production starts in 2023.
After the success of the live-action Cruella on Disney +, the sequel starring Emma Stone was guaranteed, with production about to start in 2023. With that, the rumors started, such as the indication of the new feature being a musical and still having Taylor Swift as the new villain of the story. For now, there is nothing confirmed if, in fact, Cruella 2 will have musical sequels. With regard to Swift, there were theories that the singer had a secret participation in the first film, but so far, this has not been confirmed either. However, these new movie rumors show that Disney is trying to take the same approach as Joker 2, which will be a musical with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in the lead roles. In 2021, in an interview with Comic Book, director Craig Gillespie was asked about the sequel – which, at the time, was not yet official – what fans could expect, and whether or not the feature will have the return of Emma Thompson as the Baroness: “There are several conversations at the moment. We’re in that exploratory phase, but we already have a lot of exciting ideas. Maybe another movie?”, He said in relation to the post-credit scene of the first feature that indicates a scenario to approach the plot of 101 Dalmatians.
The director also commented on a new path for the protagonist: “What I loved about the end of Cruella is the strange hesitation. She struggles and struggles throughout the entire story and suddenly she realizes the sacrifice she has made. It’s like she lost Estella, meaning she has less of herself. Now, she has a public persona that she needs to live up to. That conflict I felt was very interesting, and when she arrives… In my mind, when she arrives at 101 Dalmatians, she’s pretty much in a darker atmosphere, a more gray area. And it’s going to be interesting how she gets on that dark side.” Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, the film Cruella follows a young con artist named Estella, a smart and creative girl determined to make a name for herself through her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves, and together they make a life for themselves on the streets of London. One day, Estella’s talent for fashion catches the eye of Baroness Von Hellman, a fashion legend who is both devastatingly chic and frightening. But their relationship sets off a course of events and revelations that will see Estella embrace her rebellious side and become the evil, elegant, revenge-driven Cruella. The cast includes Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Mark Strong, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Kayvan Novak. Craig Gillespie is directing, with Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr producing. It also brings Emma Stone and Michelle Wright as executive producers; and two-time Oscar winner for Best Costume Design Jenny Beavan as the film’s stunning and imaginative costume designer.