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Cruella is BORN! Emma Stone stars in first trailer for origin story

Emma Stone’s jaw-dropping transformation into Cruella De Vil has been teased in the first trailer for the origin story of the supervillain. 

On Wednesday, Disney released the clip showing the star, 32, acting out the early days of the fur-loving, maniacal, 101 Dalmatians character – complete with astonishing ensembles and glimpses of her wild past. 

And while the teaser was certainly visually appealing, viewers appeared to take issue with the likenesses between the wicked depiction of Cruella and the 2019 origin story of Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. 

Many fans insisted the movie should focus on Cruella’s bloodthirsty attitude to fashion as opposed to the makings of her mania, while others lauded the stunning scenes set in the backdrop of 1970s London.

She’s here! Emma Stone’s jaw-dropping transformation into Cruella De Vil has been teased in the first trailer for the origin story of the supervillain

Cruella, which is due for release in May, is directed by the man behind Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya — Craig Gillespie and is based on 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, the film is set in the English capital in the 1970s.

Disney’s Cruella tells the story of a wealthy fashion designer who develops a penchant for Dalmatian skin and aims to turn 99 Dalmatian puppies into a fur coat. 

Cruella will unveil how life began for Estella “Cruella” de Vil, who was hired by Emma Thompson’s character Baroness, the head of a prestigious fashion house.

A voiceover from Emma opens the clip, as she is seen stepping into Liberty London and saying: ‘From the very beginning I realised I saw the world differently to everyone else. That didn’t sit well with some people’.

Agh! On Wednesday, Disney released the clip showing the star, 32, acting out the early days of the fur-loving, maniacal, 101 Dalmatians character - complete with astonishing ensembles and glimpses of her wild past

Agh! On Wednesday, Disney released the clip showing the star, 32, acting out the early days of the fur-loving, maniacal, 101 Dalmatians character – complete with astonishing ensembles and glimpses of her wild past

Too similar? Fans were not happy with the similarities with Joker - the 2019 movie starring Joaquin Phoenix telling the origin story of the Batman villain

Too similar? Fans were not happy with the similarities with Joker - the 2019 movie starring Joaquin Phoenix telling the origin story of the Batman villain

Too similar? Fans were not happy with the similarities with Joker – the 2019 movie starring Joaquin Phoenix telling the origin story of the Batman villain

Hot on her heels comes Baroness, who emerges from a car in an epic ensemble.

Cruella goes on: ‘But I wasn’t for everyone. I guess they were always scared that I’d be a psycho’, before she is heard to utter a biting cackle, and continuing: ‘A new day brings new opportunities and I was ready to make a statement.’

The statement in question sees her strut into a bustling party in a white cape which she sets alight to reveal a red dress and locks eyes with Baroness.  

Who's that? She starts off with red hair before unveiling Cruella's two-tone hair

Who’s that? She starts off with red hair before unveiling Cruella’s two-tone hair 

Shocker: Cruella will unveil how life began for Estella "Cruella" de Vil, who was hired by Emma Thompson's character Baroness, the head of a prestigious fashion house

 Shocker: Cruella will unveil how life began for Estella “Cruella” de Vil, who was hired by Emma Thompson’s character Baroness, the head of a prestigious fashion house

Epic: Fans of the original film have been waiting with baited breath for the new movie, which is set for release in May

Epic: Fans of the original film have been waiting with baited breath for the new movie, which is set for release in May 

She then referenced Helen Reddy’s 1971 hit I Am Woman: ‘How does the saying go? I am woman, hear me roar’, before the camera zooms in on her wicked expression and she is seen for the first time with Cruella’s iconic two-tone hair. 

A montage plays out showing the villain with her sidekicks Jasper and Horace Badun, played by Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser respectively, while throwing herself into a host of wicked activities including a bank robbery and causing a fire.

The final shot is overlaid with her wicked tones saying: ‘The thing is, I was born crazy, born bad, and a little bit mad. I’m Cruella’.  

Crazy! The final shot is overlaid with her wicked tones saying: 'The thing is, I was born crazy, born bad, and a little bit mad. I'm Cruella'

Crazy! The final shot is overlaid with her wicked tones saying: ‘The thing is, I was born crazy, born bad, and a little bit mad. I’m Cruella’

Spooky! She is seen as the terrifying villain becoming herself

Spooky! She is seen as the terrifying villain becoming herself 

Woah! A montage plays out showing the villain with her sidekicks Jasper and Horace Badun, played by Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser respectively, while throwing herself into a host of wicked activities including a bank robbery and causing a fire

Woah! A montage plays out showing the villain with her sidekicks Jasper and Horace Badun, played by Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser respectively, while throwing herself into a host of wicked activities including a bank robbery and causing a fire

Following the release, comparisons were swiftly drawn between the trailer and 2019’s Joker, showing the origins of the Batman villain.

Viewers penned: ‘Cruella movie is just the joker for bitches whos reddit is high fashion twitter… So Cruella is a secret Joker movie huh… 

‘WHY IS THIS GIVING ME A DC TAKE ON CRUELLA? SHES GIVING ME JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN VIBES… Christ, does every villain in film history need to be jokerfied?…

‘Joker just sat there so Cruella could walk the runway… I had no idea CRUELLA lived in the JOKER cinematic universe!…. Cruella is going to be Joker for girlbosses… Disney rewrote the Joker and replaced him with Cruella’.  

Hmm... Following the release, comparisons were swiftly drawn between the trailer and 2019's Joker, showing the origins of the Batman villain

Hmm… Following the release, comparisons were swiftly drawn between the trailer and 2019’s Joker, showing the origins of the Batman villain

Last year, Emma revealed her storyline comes in to play during Cruella’s younger years – before Glenn Close’s portrayal in the 1996 version of 101 Dalmatians.

‘It’s pretty trippy. It’s wild,’ she said of her role in the movie before adding she walks around set thinking ‘this is bananas.’

When asked about iconic actress Glenn, 72, she added to to Entertainment Tonight: ‘I think she’s obviously the GOAT (greatest of all time), but I also have just loved the cartoon for a really long time.’ 

Uh oh! The dalmatians got a brief appearance in the trailer

Uh oh! The dalmatians got a brief appearance in the trailer 

Joker Part II? Fans did not like the similarities between the two tales

Joker Part II? Fans did not like the similarities between the two tales 


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