Emma Stone just made her official entrance as Cruella de Vil. Disney has released the first trailer for the live-action spin-off of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which centers on its infamous—but glamorous—villain. But this Cruella isn’t the mink-wearing, cigarette-toting antagonist of the 1961 animated original, nor is she the shoulder-padded, feather-covered fiend Glenn Close famously portrayed in 1996. This time, Cruella is a gritty, punk fashionista trying to make a name for herself in 1970s London, when an unlikely alliance brings out her bad side.

Cruella arrives May 28.

The live-action film will have a wide release on Friday, May 28, presumably in theaters. It’s unclear if Cruella will debut on Disney+, too, like Mulan did in September.

There are two famous Emmas in the cast.

Stone’s casting as Cruella was announced in December 2018, and Disney shared the first photo of her in full costume in August 2019. Since then, we’ve seen some behind-the-scenes images of her filming in the U.K. as well.


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Joining the Oscar winner in the cast is Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman, a terrifying but stylish fashion legend. Her influence turns the leading lady into the revenge-hungry Cruella.

Cruella was directed by I, Tonya‘s Craig Gillespie. The screenplay was written by Dana Fox (The Wedding Date) and Tony McNamara (The Favourite), based on a story by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), and Steve Zissis (Togetherness).

This is Cruella’s origin story.

Rather than jumping straight into the Dalmatians saga, Cruella presents a backstory, centering on a young woman named Estella, before she took on her famous, punny moniker. According to a synopsis from Disney, Estella is a grifter who loves fashion, “a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs.” After befriending thieves in London, Estella makes her way on the streets but soon catches the eye of Baroness von Hellman, and their friendship takes a dark turn.

And here are the first posters.

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