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First trailer for Cruella turns a Disney villain into Harley Quinn

If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will!

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Cruella De Vil, the puppy-killing antagonist of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, is finally stealing the spotlight. And the first trailer for her standalone movie has extreme Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey vibes.

You might be thinking to yourself: Well gee, how did Cruella De Vil become the fur-loving, dog-murdering fashionista we all know and love to hate? Surely, you don’t just wake up one day and declare, “Yes, I will murder dogs for their delightful spotted fur and also model myself to look like a reanimated corpse with dramatic e-girl black-and-white hair before the invention of the internet!” There must be some escalation to Cruella De Vil’s entire schtick, right?

Well, Cruella — a live-action prequel about the notorious fashionista — dives into Cruella De Vil’s origins. “I wasn’t for everyone,” she says in voice-over in the first trailer. “I guess they were always scared that I’d be a psycho.” Cue maniacal laughter.

Taking place in 1970s London, the movie explores Estella De Vil’s slow descent into dog skin obsession. Frankly, it looks and sounds like something out of a psychological thriller instead of a Disney movie. Emma Stone stars as the villainess, with Emma Thompson as the head of a fashion house that hired her. Glenn Close is going to lose her mind.

Cruella is set to be released theatrically on May 28.

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