Disney just released its first trailer for ‘Cinderella’ and it’s everything we hoped it would be.featured
Cinderella is as timeless as ever.
Disney just released the first official trailer for the live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, and from what we can see, director Kenneth Branagh has taken the original 1950’s animated masterpiece and spun it into a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation of dreamers.
Starring Lily James (Downton Abbey), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth), Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland), Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Nonso Anozie (Dracula), the film follows the fortunes of young Ella ( James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother.
Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Blanchett) and her daughters – Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (McShera) into the family home. But when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Eventually relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes – spitefully renamed “Cinderella” – Ella doesn’t lose hope. Instead, she’s determined to honor her mother’s dying words: “have courage and be kind.”
Then there’s the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. When the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Madden) are raised. Until her stepmother forbids her to attend that is.
Fortunately, a kindly beggar woman (Carter) steps forward with a pumpkin and a few mice – things that will change Cinderella’s life forever.
Produced by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elysium), Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and David Barron (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) with Tim Lewis (Goldeneye) serving as executive producer, the screenplay is by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass).
Cinderella releases in theaters on March 13, 2015.
Photo credits: Disney