The Cruella trailer is out and fans are getting to see Emma Stone in an all-new, crazy avatar.
Set in the 1970s in London, the film is based on a young version of the One Hundred and One Dalmatians villainess, Cruella de Vil. Cruella is an aspiring punk designer who, in her obsession to gain validation from society, goes on to kidnap and kill Dalmatians to create the best quality fur clothes.
The character was first introduced in Dodie Smith’s 1956 book and soon became a symbol of unbridled greed, vanity and evil.
“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,” Disney describes its upcoming film.
All about the Cruella trailer and how fans are reacting to it
The Cruella trailer opens with Emma Stone’s character expressing how she’s always felt “different” from everyone else. “That didn’t sit well with some people. But I wasn’t for everyone,” Cruella de Vil goes on to say.
“I guess they were always scared that I’d be a psycho,” she says with an evil laugh.
The trailer – which shows Stone running around with a bottle of whiskey, burning down expensive gowns and donning black-and-white hair – leaves no doubt about Cruella’s psychopathic tendencies. “I am woman, hear me roar,” she says halfway into the trailer.
Connie Francis’s Who’s Sorry Now? is the perfect background score that creates an atmosphere of eeriness and hints at a calm before the storm situation.
But while the Cruella trailer looks promising, fans couldn’t help but compare it to Jared Leto’s Joker or Harley Quinn. “Wow Joker 2 looks great!” one user wrote, while another tweeted, “Cruella is the equivalent of Joker. A completely unnecessary movie wanting us to sympathize with a psychopath.”
Meanwhile, other users weren’t too happy about the film giving a redemptive arc to Cruella, who killed animals simply because she liked it.
“It’s giving “We live in a (high fashion) society”. She’s a puppy killer not a feminist icon. I loved the Maleficent movies but Cruella doesn’t deserve a redemption arc film,” a tweet read.
Besides Emma Stone, the Disney live-action film also stars Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong and Emily Beecham.
Glenn Close, who played Cruella in Disney’s 1996 remake of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, is executive producing.
Speaking about the film in a 2019 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Stone said, “It’s pretty trippy. It’s wild,” adding that she often found herself thinking, “This is bananas,” on set.
The La La Land actress was also all praise for her predecessor, Close, saying, “I think she’s obviously the GOAT”. Stone added that her 2021 film is a prequel of sorts to Close’s film. “This comes before [Close’s] story. This leads to her to where she becomes true greatness.”
Cruella is scheduled to release in theatres on May 28.