Emma Stone: The New “Cruella De Vil”

Walt Disney Studios recently released a trailer for the live action film titled “Cruella” based on the villain from the “101 Dalmatians” 1961 cartoon and 1996 live action film. The new movie is scheduled to come out on May 28, in which Emma Stone plays the starring role of Cruella De Vil. 

In the movie, Cruella is a fashion designer who will do anything to make her name known, including using Dalmatian puppies to make coats. 

There was a wide variety of reactions to the trailer from people on social media. There were some people who liked the trailer, while it left others disappointed. 

“When I saw that Emma Stone was the actor revamping, I was honestly disappointed a bit,” said senior Devin Gavigan. “I didn’t really like the costume design for the looks they’ve shown or the idea of Stone as that character. I think Glen Close is an impossible woman to come after for that role. It may have been better casted with an older actor.” 

Glen Close played Cruella De Vil in the 1996 live action version of “101 Dalmatians.” Close is also an executive producer of this new film. 

Besides a movie poster put out for this film and the trailer, people have not heard much about the movie. According to collider.com, COVID-19 has affected the production of “Cruella,” which was originally scheduled to be released Christmas 2020. After starting to film in 2019, Disney delayed “Cruella’s” release date from Dec. 2020 to May 2021. 

There have been a lot of comments from people about Stone taking on this well-known role of Cruella De Vil. 

 “The casting of Emma Stone as Cruella in this new live action spin-off is interesting because Stone has often been cast as an ingenue or heroine,” said Prof. Lori Bindig. “In ‘Cruella,’ Stone will bring her well-known name but also play against type.” 

With Stone playing such a strong, well-known villainess, fans on Twitter have said Stone’s portrayal is reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and even Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. 

For this cast, Stone will be joined by Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham and Mark Strong. Craig Gillespie is the director of “Cruella.” Tony McNamara co-wrote the “Cruella” script with Dana Fox. 

This new movie is taking characters from the classic movie “101 Dalmatians” and going deeper into the story behind Cruella De Vil. Stone helps tell the story of this evil villainess and brings the character to life. 

Many students at Sacred Heart University have also had mixed reviews about the trailer. 

“I’m so interested in this revamp of Cruella,” said senior Hope Lecours. 

The trailer portrays the ruthless and wicked villain of Cruella De Vil. It is shown that Cruella crashed a masquerade ball by making a grand entrance where her hooded cape vanished and a powerful red dress appeared on her. 

Following the outfit change that caught everyone’s attention, Stone, playing the role of Cruella said, “How does the saying go? I am a woman. Hear me roar.” 

“Not only do these reimaginings or new backstories humanize these demonized characters, but they also challenge audience members to think about how we decide who is a hero and who is a villain,” said Bindig. “Providing audiences insights to the people and experiences that shaped Cruella will offer a new perspective on the character.” 

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