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Emma Stone Shines in First “Cruella” Trailer

The first trailer for Disney’s Cruella is a glamorous hoot. Emma Stone stars as one of the Mouse House’s most beloved (and fashionable) villains, with her two-tone black and white hair, perfectly placed beauty mark, and total lack of remorse. The live-action Cruella comes from director Craig Gillespie, a man who knows a little something about building a ferociously entertaining film around a misunderstood woman. He did it back in 2017 with I, Tonya, revisiting the infamous figure skater-turned-criminal Tonya Harding, with an unstoppable Margot Robbie in the lead. In Cruella, Gillespie is working with an equally talented star in Stone, and we’ll see how the iconic villain of 101 Dalmations became who she was.

Cruella is set in London in the 1970s when the city was adrift in that post Swinging 60s/pre-Thatcher period of punk rock rowdiness. Back then, Cruella was known as Estrella, an unknown but very determined young woman. Teaming up with a pair of thieves (I, Tonya‘s Paul Walter Hauser plays one of them), Estrella will cross paths with the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), a fabulously wealthy, impeccably attired vision of what Estrella’s life could be like. Yet their friendship will be tested by Estrella’s desire to become the woman she was born to be.

Joining Stone, Hauser, and Thompson are Mark Strong, Joel Fry, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. The script was written by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara.

Check out the trailer below. Cruella is due in theaters on May 28.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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 cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “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 two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). 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.

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.

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Featured image: Emma Stone is “Cruella.” Courtesy Walt Disney Studios.

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