Trailer released for Disney’s new take on ‘Cruella’

by Susan and Simon Veness

A wickedly wonderful trailer, two posters, and new publicity stills have been released in the lead up to the debut of Walt Disney Company’s all-new feature film “Cruella,” releasing in theaters on May 28, 2022, and they’re just as tantalizingly ominous and foreboding as you’d imagine.

Emma Stone as Cruella
Emma Stone as Cruella.

Academy Award winner Emma Stone, recently known for her role as the charming Mia in the 2017 movie “La La Land”, takes a huge step away from the rom-com genre as Cruella de Vil in Disney’s upcoming live-action film, “Cruella,” a dark telling of the main character’s rebellious origins.

Cruella 2021 poster

This isn’t the story of Dalmatian puppies in peril. Instead, it’s a menacing look at how a young girl in 1970s London transformed into one of cinema’s most legendary villains, wreaking havoc in designer clothing.

As the punk rock revolution sweeps the country, Estella, a grifter with a flair for clothing design, is laser-focused on making her name in the world of fashion. Her work catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend in her own right and worshipper of all things haute couture, and their terrifyingly tumultuous relationship sets in motion a series of events and revelations that will change Estella’s path forever.  

Estella’s penchant for mayhem and the macabre, and her belief that she was “born brilliant, born bad,” play out in truly spectacular style, until finally, in a stunning blaze of glory, she is reborn as the raucous, revenge-fueled Cruella de Vil. 

movie still from Cruella.
Estella, a grifter with a flair for clothing design

Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson co-stars as von Hellman, and Emma Stone, Michelle Write, Jared LeBoff, and Glenn Close (a former Cruella herself) team up as executive producers. Jenny Beavans, two-time Oscar award winning costume designer, created the movie’s dazzling outfits — some of which quite literally take on a life of their own.

The movie comes out on May 28 but it’s not known yet if it’ll be in theaters, on Disney+, or both, and if both if there will be an extra cost to be the first to watch it on Disney+ with premier access.

UPDATE: Disney has confirmed to us that it will be released in theaters. Of course that is subject to change.

Here’s a look at the new trailer:

Disney's Cruella | Official Trailer
Cruella in red

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