This morning, we got our first glimpse at Disney’s live-action movie Cruella, starring Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil.

What’s Happening:

  • Disney has released the first trailer for Cruella which tells the prequel story of the 101 Dalmatians villain, Cruella de Vil which came out in 1961 based on the 1956 book by Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
  • Cruella dives into the rebellious early days of one of the most notorious—and notoriously fashionable— villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Set against the backdrop of 1970s punk-rock London, and director Craig Gillespie delivers a unique take on this one-of-a-kind villain.
  • Aside from Emma Stone as Cruella, the film also stars Emma Thompson (Baroness von Hellman), Paul Walter Hauser (Horace), and Joel Fry (Jasper).
  • On an interesting note, the ads say the movie is releasing in May, but not coming to theaters, so you can start speculating on if we may see the film go to Premier Access on Disney+.

  • Disney had released the poster for the live-action movie yesterday as a tease for the trailer reveal. They released a second poster seen above after the trailer premiere.
  • Disney Press will release a prequel novel for the upcoming film with Hello, Cruel Heart on April 6th, 2021.
  • The book is written by Maureen Johnson and takes place in London in 1967, following Cruella De Vil as a teenager striving to break into the world of fashion.
  • In Disney’s animated movie 101 Dalmations, Cruella is voiced by Betty Lou Gerson and animated by Marc Davis.

Synopsis:

  • “Cruella, which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, 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 the 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.”

Cruella is currently set to release on May 28, 2021.

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