What’s black and white and punk rock all over? The first look at Emma Stone in Disney’s Cruella movie, that’s what. After years of admittedly not-so-patient waiting on our part, we’re all finally getting to see what it looks like in a 101 Dalmatians‘ world with Stone as the iconic (or should we say monochromatic?) villain. And, let it be said, the seemingly endless anticipation seems worth it looking at this decidedly dark-glam sneak peek.
Stone herself appeared in a video message at Saturday’s D23 to debut the first look of her titular character in Disney’s live-action adaptation. If you’ve been having a hard time visualizing Stone as the dalmatian-obsessed madwoman, the photo unveiled by Stone will undoubtedly help you build a bit more of a narrative in your mind. What jumps out most, arguably, is the fact that the picture anchors the new movie in 1970’s London.
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Disney Film chief Sean Bailey and director Craig Gillespie took the opportunity at D23 to confirm that the film will be set in the city’s “punk rock” era and that it will serve as a sort of origin story to “one of Disney’s so-called great villains.” In that vein, it’s also interesting to note that Cruella is already in possession of three dalmatians at this point — did she always have nefarious intentions for these spotted pups, or will the new film show a more sympathetic side to the wicked character?
Here’s your first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Disney’s Cruella. The film, also starring Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry, comes to theaters May 28, 2021. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/fvRntdIVar
— Disney (@Disney) August 24, 2019
As for Stone inhabiting the character, her look is a whole mood, honey. She’s high-fashion with a hint of ferocity. The classic duo-tone hair is there, naturally, but even that feels elevated. Who is this Cruella? What sort of glamorous life does she lead? Stone’s icy stare makes us all the more curious to find out, especially since Emma Thompson has been cast opposite Stone.
Unfortunately, we’ve still got quite a way to go before we can pile into the theater (dressed head-to-toe in black and white, no doubt). Although Cruella‘s original release date was Christmas 2020, it was recently pushed back to May 28, 2021.