Emma Stone talks Cruella: "It’s very different from Joker in many ways"

Disney's Cruella movie
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"It’s hard to call someone a bad ’un completely when you see them from the very beginning," Emma Stone says of Cruella.

The Oscar-winning actor will portray the famed fashionista in Disney's upcoming live-action Cruella De Vil origins story, and the movie has already made waves on social media. After the first trailer was released, comparisons were instantly made to another recent award-winning, male-led project – Joker.

“It’s very different from Joker in many ways,” Stone laughs over Zoom while talking to Total Film for the new issue. However, while there are certainly differences be two movies, Stone can see why thematic lines could be drawn between the two. “I would never even remotely compare myself to Joaquin Phoenix," she continues. "I wish I was more like him.”

Her director, Craig Gillespie, understands an audience needs to have a cultural point of reference. “There are some really deep, emotional things that Cruella’s dealing with that send her to the villainous darker side. So in that sense, it is [similar],” he says. “But it’s definitely its own thing. Just to sort of reframe Cruella, I thought it was important to show this darker side of her. But there’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of humor in it. There’s a lot of absolutely delightful banter and rhythm to the style of it, which is different from Joker.”

Rather than meet De Vil as the queen of a fashion house, Cruella begins at birth with Estella, the daughter of an impoverished laundrywoman who grows up with an eye for fashion and two partners-in-crime, Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser) – her fully-fledged henchmen in previous narratives. Cruella really is going all the way back to her origins.

Cruella is scheduled to be released in cinemas and on Disney Plus with Premier Access on 28 May. For much more on the film, pick up the new issue of Total Film when it hit shelves (real and digital) on Friday, April 2. Check out the new covers below.

Total Film's Cruella covers

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Jack Shepherd
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Jack Shepherd is the former Senior Entertainment Editor of GamesRadar. Jack used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film for the likes of GR+, Total Film, SFX, and others. You can now find Jack working as a freelance journalist and editor.