New Cruella Trailer from Disney
Disney's all-new live-action feature film Cruella trailer dropped today and I am here for it! Cruella stars Academy Award-winners Emma Stone and Emma Thompson. I have watched the Cruella trailer no fewer than 30 times this morning and I just can't take my eyes off of it.
Cruella Trailer. Brilliant. Bad. A little bit mad.
Disney’s Cruella is an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious–and notoriously fashionable–villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Cruella, whose titular character is portrayed by Emma Stone, is set in 1970's London amidst the punk rock revolution.
The story follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute (played by Emma Thompson).
But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable, and revenge-bent Cruella.
Why We're Excited for Cruella
While we're excited for this origin story of Cruella de Vil, it's clear from the trailer that Estella starts out at least a little cruel, long before she takes her CRUEL(la) DEVIL namesake. From Joker to Harley Quinn vibes, Stone seems to be embracing the full mad vibes and we're loving it. The Haute couture of the period is stunning. The makeup, the props…this is all we could ask for and more. The Champagne coups at the masquerade ball? Perfection. Can I get a set for my house, please? Don't worry, dalmatian puppies are cute, but not easy to train. You can keep those. That ball was a MOOD and we need more. STAT.
I've also never felt as seen and personally attacked at the same time as I was by the Cruella Trailer.
From the very beginning,
I realized I saw the world differently than everyone else.
That didn't sit well with some people.
But I wasn't for everyone.
I guess they were always scared…
that I'd be…a psycho.
But a new day brings new opportunities.
And I was ready to make a statement.
How does the saying go?
I am woman. Hear me roar.
I'm just getting started, darling.
The thing is I was born brilliant. Born bad. And a little bit mad.
I've always been a little bold, different, and not everyone's cup of tea, though certainly not a raging puppy-murdering psycho. However, that scene with a decanter of brown booze? (Whisky? Scotch?). Please stop spying on me. Oh, and for sure, I'd show up at a ball and light my overcoat on fire to present my stunning dress underneath. I'm always ready to make a statement.
Another Live-Action Cruella?
We've all seen the internet buzz. Glenn Close was a blazing Cruella de Vil in both 101 Dalmatians (1996) and 102 Dalmatians (2000). I'm generally a fan of it's not broken, don't fix it. However, this movie is an origin story and something different than the previous live-action dalmatian films featuring Cruella, and it's a full 20 years after the second of these films Close starred in. Close is also listed as an executive producer on Cruella, so for sure she's not being snubbed by doing a “remake” without her. A cameo sure could be fun, though.
I've also seen some backlash about making an origin story about someone who murders 100 puppies for a coat. While I'm not here for murdering innocent animals, I'm always interested in origin stories, especially if it helps you relate to a character better. Disney was able to make Maleficent a bit more relatable, who's to say that we can't have a better understanding of why Cruella is the way she is.
Watch the Cruella Trailer
Academy Award-winner Emma Stone (La La Land) stars in Disney’s Cruella, an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious–and notoriously fashionable–villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.
Disney’s Cruella is directed by Craig Gillespie (I Tonya) from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. It was produced by Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday), Marc Platt (Mary Poppins Returns), and Kristin Burr (Christopher Robin), with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff, and Glenn Close serving as executive producers. Two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room with a View) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own.
Cruella releases May 28, 2021. It has not yet been announced if it's going to theatres, but we're sure hoping it does!
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