Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 by Germain Lussier
For Cinderella, major things happen at midnight. The same happened for all of us last night as 2014 changed to 2015. It should be an amazing year of movies and, one of the biggest ones early on the calendar, is Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Cinderella. Starring Lily James as the title character, a star-studded supporting cast will retell one of our most beloved fairy tales. To ring in the new year, Disney released a new Cinderella trailer and featurette. Cinderella opens March 13, check out the videos below.
Here’s the new Cinderella trailer via Disney:
And here’s the featurette via Yahoo:
Here’s the official info on the film. What do you think
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Disney’s “Cinderella,” a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, brings to life the timeless images from the studio’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”), the film stars: Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”) as the wicked but misunderstood stepmother; Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) as the loving and kind-hearted Ella, a young woman whose spirit can’t be broken; Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing and thoughtful Kit, who initially hides his true identity as the Prince from Ella; and two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”) as the Beggar Woman and Ella’s fabled guardian, the Fairy Godmother.
“Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I”) 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 story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella, whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella 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. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope.
Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is 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. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at 2 hand, and a kindly beggar woman steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.