Disney has finally released the live-action Cruella trailer featuring Emma Stone as Estella de Vil AKA Cruella. Now, it seems that Cruella‘s release date, May 28, may have a connection to Descendants star, actor Cameron Boyce.
As we have previously reported, Cruella focuses on a young version of the One Hundred and One Dalmatians villain, Estella. The film takes place in, “1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs’ skins, especially Dalmatians, until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella,”
The film is directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) and Glenn Close, who played Cruella in Disney’s 1996 remake of One Hundred and One Dalmatians is the executive producer of the steampunk version of the movie.
That being said, this is not the first time we have seen Cruella brought back since Glenn Close’s performance. Cruella De Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) is one of the antagonists in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. She is also the mother of Carlos, who was played by Cameron Boyce.
May 28 is not only the release date for Cruella, but also, is the birthday of the late Disney star. Although Disney has not noted if the date has any relevance to Boyce, it is interesting that the date of the film that is about a character who played his character’s mother has such a close tie to the actor.
As we know, Disney star Cameron Boyce tragically died a sudden unexpected death from epilepsy, a coroner has ruled. The 20-year-old passed away in his sleep after suffering a seizure on 6 July 2019 at his home. At the time, his family had said it was due to an “ongoing medical condition.”
His fans dearly loved the actor as well, and have since even petitioned to have his name appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After his passing, fans, coworkers, and friends shared memories and tributes to the late Disney Channel actor, including Dove Cameron, Karan Brar, and Adam Sandler who co-starred with Boyce in Grown-Ups — to name a few.
Boyce’s family, including mother Libby Boyce and father Victor Boyce, even created The Cameron Boyce Foundation, which brings awareness to epilepsy (and many other causes Boyce cared for such as homelessness, gun violence, and the global water crisis). You can learn more about The Cameron Boyce Foundation here.
As we mentioned the relevancy between the opening date of Cruella and Cameron’s birthday may have nothing in common intentionally, but it would be a nice nod to the actor if the date chosen was indeed intentional.
Do you think that Disney chose the release date for Cruella to pay homage to the late actor?