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'I'm Cruella': See Emma Stone as punk Cruella de Vil in new Disney trailer

The '101 Dalmatians' character is the next to get the live-action treatment

The first official trailer for Cruella, a live-action prequel to the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians starring Emma Stone, has dropped.

In the 90-second preview, Stone, 32, puts on an almost Harley Quinn or Joker-like performance as she portrays the movie villain.

The Arizona-born actress has perfected her English accent, and the trailer opens with a very-together Cruella walking through the streets of 1970s London. Famed department store Liberty London serves as a backdrop for these scenes.

The film looks set to depict her journey to evil. Cruella is a punk and aspiring fashion designer, who wants the city's wealthiest to notice her work. However, throughout the short preview, she seems to unravel, before announcing at the end: "I'm Cruella."

Fashion looks set to be a key element in the telling of Cruella's origin story.

Emma Stone's 'Cruella' character sets alight a white cape to reveal a striking red dress in the newly released trailer. Courtesy Disney 
Emma Stone's 'Cruella' character sets alight a white cape to reveal a striking red dress in the newly released trailer. Courtesy Disney

We see the character with her trademark black and white hair, and other notable style moments include a textured black leather jacket with a cane, and Cruella setting her cape alight at a high-society party to reveal a striking red gown.

Incidentally, as she walks into the black-and-white themed event, there is a trio of growling Dalmatian dogs.

As it's a prequel, fans shouldn't expect to see revised takes of Roger and Anita Dearly, nor their loved-up Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdy, and their brood of 101 puppies.

Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in 'Cruella' (2021) and Glenn Close as the same character in the 1996 movie, '101 Dalmatians'. Courtesy Disney 
Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in 'Cruella' (2021) and Glenn Close as the same character in the 1996 movie '101 Dalmatians'. Courtesy Disney

The original animated 101 Dalmatians was released in 1961 and a live-action remake followed in 1996, which starred Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil.

Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl) directs the 2021 film, which also stars Emma Thompson, Mark Strong and Emily Beecham.

The film's original release date was postponed; it was initially set for a Christmas 2020 release, however it's been rescheduled to come out on Friday, May 28.

It is currently set for a cinema release, however, amid the coronavirus pandemic that could change to a Disney+ release, according to Disney chief executive Bob Chapek, who was referring to the slate of upcoming releases from the studio.

Updated: February 18, 2021 10:21 AM

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