The first trailer for Disney’s Cruella has arrived, and it’s one monumental ride. There’s some fire, a dramatic dress change, and yes, dalmatians.
For those that haven’t been following along with the social media teasers and gradual news drips, Disney announced nearly two years ago that Emma Stone was cast as Cruella de Vil in its latest live-action film. Centered on the life of the infamous Disney villain, the film is set against an ’70s backdrop, and will serve as an “origin” story for Cruella.
Following the recent release of a teaser poster for the film, Disney unveiled its first trailer and confirmed a May 28 release date. Indiewire notes that as of now, the movie is still scheduled to be released in theaters; due to COVID-19, the live-action Mulan film made its debut on Disney+.
As for what fans can expect of this story behind one of Disney’s big bads, a synopsis confirms that the movie will focus on a young grifter named Estella. Described as clever and creative, the aspiring fashion designer “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.” Estella’s life later takes a dramatic turn, thanks to a chance meeting with Baroness von Hellman, “a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute,” played by Emma Thompson. Their relationship eventually spurs Estella’s evolution into Cruella.
In this first peek, the trailer does appear to open on life before Cruella, and features Estella donning fashionable designs and red hair. “From the very beginning, I realized I saw the world differently from everyone else. That didn’t sit well with some people,” her voiceover says. Cue the dramatic turn of events.
Moments later, Estella is welcoming a “new day with new opportunities,” and she’s captured revealing a complete head-to-toe makeover at what looks to be a lavish ball. The trailer then quickly flashes through a number of scenes, hinting that Estella’s transformation into Cruella has only just begun.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, Emma is joined by fellow cast members including Emily Beecham, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong, and Thompson, Indiewire reports.
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