Disney Reveals Surprising First Look of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil

If you’ve ever wondered why the 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil become so evil, the upcoming film Cruella will shed some light on her dastardly origins. Serving as a prequel to the 101 Dalmatians story, the live-action film will be released in less than two years. Disney, however, is already building excitement by sharing the first look of actor Emma Stone as the title character.

Above: Cruella de Vil from the 1961 version of 101 Dalmatians.

In a scene from the movie, Stone rocks de Vil’s iconic two-toned hair and bright red lips as she grasps the leashes of three Dalmatians. But these characteristics are where the similarities end between Stone and the original de Vil seen in the 1961 animated film. Stone’s version sports a curlier version of the black-and-white coif (instead of a straight bob) and wears a cropped leather jacket (rather than a fur coat).

There’s a good reason for this stylistic departure from the classic de Vil. At the recent D23 Expo, Stone revealed that the movie is set in 1970s London during the punk-rock era. She portrays de Vil as a “young, punkish” woman who eventually becomes fixated on stealing puppies to make fur coats.

The official release date for Cruella is May 28, 2021.

h/t: [BuzzFeed News]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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