Brilliant, Bad, and a Little Bit Mad - Disney's Cruella Trailer

Emma Stone as Disney's Cruella - Image from Walt Disney Studios

Woah.  That's my initial reaction to the new Cruella trailer from Walt Disney Studios. Cruella is one of my favorite Disney villains and she is back in an origin story to set the stage for her pre-101 Dalmatians wicked ways.  Brilliant, bad, and a little bit mad is how Cruella describes herself and I couldn't agree more.  Let's break down the trailer!

Disney's Cruella Trailer

There was a lot that I loved about this trailer.  First - I like the darkness.  I enjoyed both Maleficent movies because they captured the true pain and suffering that makes a "villain" a "villain" and I think we'll have more of that here. . .although I don't know that Cruella will be painted in the favorable, misunderstood way that Maleficent was - we'll have to wait and see on that one!

Next, Emma Stone.  I have to say from the moment that cackle happened, I was sold on her as Cruella.  She carries the sophisticated evil woman to perfection with a confident swagger and darkness in her eyes.  No surprise to anyone, the wardrobe choices are on point too - especially that red dress.

This doesn't look like it will be your kids Cruella de Vil, but a more grown-up look at the woman behind the fur coats and I can't wait to learn more about what made Cruella, well, cruel.  What do you think?  Are you looking forward to checking this out?

About Disney's Cruella (From Walt Disney Studios)

Disney's Cruella - Image from Walt Disney Studios

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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