Disney just released another official trailer for the new version of Cruella interpreted by Emma Stone. In this spin-off also highlights the character of the Baronesa Von Hellman, a fashion designer capable of taking sewing to another level, embodied by Emma Thompson.
That is why Vogue decided to catch up with the director Craig Gillespie (also remembered by the movie ‘I, Tonya’) and thus know first-hand how the history of Cruella was born.
King’s Road in the 70’s was a great inspiration
‘London had a very different texture in the 70’s with all the grime and pollution. The punk movement that developed throughout King’s Road is a great inspiration for this movie. That spirit of rebellion against the establishment plays an important role in Cruella. Our production designer, Fiona Crombie, did an amazing job bringing that period to life, including the London Squatters Movement, which can be seen in the film. Obviously, there are no longer abandoned vacant lots in Notting Hill, so our team recreated one in the studio, even with the large holes in the floor that were seen at the time. However, many of the scenes took place outdoors. To be exact, there were 32 locations in London in total, which is unusual for a film of this size. ‘
The soundtrack should be as good as the costumes
‘When I got the first call from Sean Bailey (the producer) about this film, he mentioned something about the punk movement immediately. Not only in wardrobe issues, but also in music: Blondie, The Clash, Queen … There is a very strong musical narrative in Cruella. So they ended up using about 50 songs for this movie. ‘
If you loved ‘The Favorite’ and ‘The Great’ by Tony McNamara, this movie is for you
‘Tony McNamara wrote the most amazing script. The film constantly changes between drama and comedy, between the serious and the absurd. Then when you have an actress like Emma Stone and Emma Thompson working on that kind of script, something just wonderful happens. The two of them really delved into the complexity of the nuances. Flicking through the three pages of the script where they fight, one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie is when the two of them go out for an afternoon cocktail together, and the humor and subtlety of the hints is just great. However, the dance scenes are also very wild. We have a black and white dance and a gala with the theme of Marie Antoinette, with hundreds of people wearing the incredible costumes of Jenny Beavan’.
Reference is made to the original Disney cartoon
‘There is so little information on the history of Cruella It felt quite liberating at first, but there are always nods to the original story. You can see Jasper y Horace, the dog kidnappers in the trailer, and then the owners of Pongo and Perla, Roger and Anita. The obsession of Cruella for the Dalmatians is also included, of course. ‘
Alexander McQueen strongly influenced Cruella’s designs
‘Cruella has such a rebellious nature, that it is certainly intertwined with the Alexander McQueen story. For example, the way (Lee) used to make people come to the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ to see his shows, taking them straight into his world.’
‘In the film you will see the whole story of the origin of Cruella, from his childhood onwards. You see her an orphan on the streets of London, and then she enters this life of petty crime even though she feels she is destined to work in the world of fashion, and finally has a chance to work for the Baronesa from Hellman. The baroness, in my opinion, represents everything established by fashion, she designs outfits for the queen, but has already been on the scene for quite some time and ends up coming face to face with Cruella, both in terms of style, and personally. And naturally, it’s very, very fun to watch this match. ‘
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Article originally published by Vogue UK, vogue.co.uk.