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Cruella Trailer Released: We Live In A Society

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BY April 20, 2021

Disney’s certainly made a fortune off their heroes over the years. Or more accurately, heroines, since they love to push their Disney princesses. Still, though, it’s their villains who have often been the most memorable characters. Take Cruella de Vil, for instance. Chances are, you remember her, even if you can’t remember a single other character’s name in 101 Dalmatians. In the spirit of Maleficent, another Disney live-action film centering on a villain, they’ve made Cruella. We got the first look at her in action this week, with the release of the Cruella trailer.

Cruella Trailer Shows Puppy Hater’s Origin Story

Although some critics (and viewers) panned it, I liked Maleficent. In the original Disney version, the animated Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is kind of two-dimensional–and I don’t just mean that literally. Through the live-action version, they’re able to show a more rounded version of the character, and I found it surprisingly moving. There was a subtle darkness to her story that you don’t usually expect to see in a kids’ movie.

That seems to be kind of what they’re going for with Cruella. The trailer also has a very Joker vibe to it, if Arthur Fleck were more interested in puppy murder than stand-up comedy. Like the Joaquin Phoenix movie, this new live-action Cruella, starring Emma Stone, is set in a retro era. Specifically, it plants young Estella de Vil, an aspiring fashion designer, in 1970s London.

However, unlike Mr. Fleck, Estella seems mad (in a bad way) from the start. Once she starts taking an interest–I’m sorry, this says “dogs’ skins”? Yikes. So once she “becomes obsessed with dogs’ skins,” I say with a grimace, she fully descends into the persona we know better as Cruella. See it for yourself below.

Disney is releasing Cruella on May 28, 2021. There’s no word yet, though, on whether it’s also one of the theatrical releases Disney+ will add to its streaming platform.

Along with Stone, the movie will feature Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, and Mark Strong. Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jamie Demetriou also star. Fun fact: Glenn Close, who starred in the 1996 live-action 101 Dalmations (and its 2000 sequel), is one of the executive producers.

What do you think of the first Cruella trailer? Tell us on our social media or in these comments.

featured image via Disney


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]


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