In the new trailer for Cruella, we see a tuxedoed character named Boris, played by Mark Strong, pop up in various scenes. When Strong joined the film’s cast in January 2020, he was rumored to be playing the role of the Baron, father to Stone’s Estella de Vil (and potentially the husband of Thompson’s Baroness). The previous trailer for Cruella featured a little more of Boris, showing him once again tuxedoed and looking concerned as Cruella revealed her new, villainous look to three growling Dalmatians and the Baroness. At this point, it remains unclear if Boris is the Baron, but he does appear to be close to the Baroness, seen near here and as part of what looks like her security detail.
In a November 2020 interview with Collider, Strong praised the movie, saying, “There are huge fashion and ballroom sequences in it, which are just so impressive.” He added that performing alongside the “two Emmas” was “just great” because he was able to “shoot the breeze with those guys during the downtime, and then play with them, telling this fantastical story that I think people are thoroughly going to enjoy, when the cameras were rolling.”
Strong is no stranger to playing various villains throughout his career, including in films like Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass, so it would be no surprise if we’re actually meant to root against Boris in Cruella.
Mark your calendars for Cruella to hit theaters and Disney+ (again, with Premier Access) on Friday, May 28.