Black-and-white hair, check. Icy demeanour, check. An unprecedented thirst for gorgeous outerwear no matter the cost, check. Yes, we have the first picture of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil and it’s instantly iconic.
Cruella is Disney’s origin story, starring Stone, that will show just how someone becomes the kind of person who wants to steal dozens of dogs to make some fancy outerwear and is a spin-off of 101 Dalmatians. The character of Cruella de Vil has a long on-screen history, first seen in the 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians and then in 1996, Glenn Close had a star turn as the two-toned villain, which featured the character as the head of a fashion house. That was followed up by 102 Dalmatians in 2000 when— spoiler alert!—Close’s Cruella gets out of prison and, because she didn’t learn her lesson the first time, goes after the Dalmatian puppies once more.
The image of Stone as Cruella was one of many reveals at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California over the weekend, President of production Sean Bailey posed the question we all kind of want to know: “How did she get that way, and how did she get so cruel?” Stone, who wasn’t physically in attendance, did send a pre-recorded message from the first day of production in London, confirming that the film will take place in punk-era London in the 1970s so we’re already pre-ordering the soundtrack. And in true Emma fashion, she then stormed off after yelling at an adorable dog.
The Oscar winner’s appearance had the Internet abuzz, with comparisons to Schitt’s Creek‘s Moira Rose to Harley Quinn to Helena Bonham Carter IRL.
Emma Stone serving up some Moira Rose inspo. pic.twitter.com/flNMFN5bkw
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Cruella, which also stars Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry, is set to hit theatres on May 28, 2021. Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) will direct and as far as giving credit where credit is due, let’s give an early round of applause to costume designer Jenny Beaven, who won an Academy Award in 2015 for Mad Max: Fury Road, and is responsible for Emma serving us all kinds of looks.