Cruella movie pictures: Emma Stone unrecognisable as 101 Dalmatians villain in new prequel

Cruella movie pictures: Emma Stone unrecognisable as 101 Dalmatians villain in new prequel

Cruella: Emma Stone stars in Disney trailer

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Back in 1961, Disney introduced the world to the villainous Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, base on Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel. Then in 1996 and 2000, Glenn Close played the London heiress determined to capture the spotted dogs for their fur in a couple of live-action films. And now Emma Stone is having a similar turn in the upcoming Cruella movie prequel.

The Cruella trailer landed today along with a whole host of new Cruella movie pictures.

Stone is pretty unrecognisable in her various outfits, from eccentric formal dresses to a dishevelled looking version of the baddie near the end of the footage.

The film’s official synopsis reads: “[Cruella] 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.”

The Cruella description continues: “One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute.

“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.”

The 101 Dalmatians prequel is directed by I Tonya’s Craig Gillespie and former Cruella star Glenn Close serves as one of the executive producers.

The new movie also features Mark Strong as Boris and Emily Beecham as Anita.

While a prequel/spin-off, Cruella is part of Disney’s current trend of live-action remakes.

Most recently, 2019 saw retellings of classic animations Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion following on from the likes of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.

While Disney+ has seen the releases of Lady and the Tramp and Mulan, although the latter was originally set for cinemas before the pandemic.

Next up will be Cruella with a cinematic release this May, but there’s a ton of other Disney live-action remakes in the works too.

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They include Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as Ariel with new music Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Plus sequels to The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Aladdin live-action remakes that won’t be adaptations of the follow-ups to the original animated films but new stories instead.

Also in the works are new versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bambi and Hercules.

While upcoming straight to Disney+ movies include Peter Pan and Wendy with Jude Law as Captain Hook.

Then there’s Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto, while The Sword in the Stone and Robin Hood remakes are also in the works.

These live-action versions of Disney animated classics have proven most profitable for the studio with several recent films making over $1 billion at the box office.

No doubt this is thanks to both nostalgia for adults and the well-known, much-loved stories adapted in these films that date back over 80 years.

Cruella is set for release in cinemas on May 28, 2021.

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