Disney Releases First Trailer For Live-Action Cinderella


Cinderella 2015 Poster

Disney has released the first trailer for its upcoming, live-action Cinderella film starring Lily James (Downton Abbey, Wrath of the Titans) in the title role.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the new film is based on Disney’s earlier animated Cinderella, and seems to be remaining largely faithful to its 1950 source. Also starring in the film are Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Kit, a.ka. Prince Charming, and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Great Expectations) and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters.

The description on the new teaser’s YouTube page offers the following synopsis:

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie 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. 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 (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Sounds familiar, no? Meanwhile, the teaser itself doesn’t give us very much to go on – all we really get a look at is the glass slipper. Still, it’s a very pretty, crystal-cut slipper with a little butterfly on it. Check it out:

Cinderella is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron, and executive produced by Tim Lewis. It is scheduled for release on 13th March 2015.

Sources: Variety | YouTube

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