With the success of ‘Maleficent‘ and what will almost be a guaranteed lock on ‘Into The Woods,’ Disney has been having a ton of success in the live action department and next year’s ‘Cinderella‘ looks to be no different. With Lily James (‘Wrath of the Titans’,’Downton Abbey’) in the central role and starring such big names as Cate Blanchett (‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’,’Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’) as Lady Tremaine, Helena Bonham Carter (‘Fight Club’,’Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’) as the Fairy Godmother, Hayley Atwell (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’,’Agent Carter’) as Cinderella’s Mother, Richard Madden (‘Game of Thrones’,’Klondike’) as Prince Charming, Stellan Skarsgard (‘The Avengers’,’Thor’) as the Grand Duke, Holiday Grainger (‘The Borgias’,’Jane Eyre’) as Anastasia, and Nonso Anozie (‘Ender’s Game’,’Dracula’) as the captain there is just PLENTY of star power to go around here! Kenneth Branagh (‘Frankenstein’,’Valkyrie’) will be in the director’s chair working off of a script by Chris Weitz (‘About a Boy’,’Golden Compass’).
With the shear talent involved here this could be one of Disney’s most ambitions projects to date!
As you can see below the focus of these first promotional shots are to put a focus front and center on Lilly James as she becomes Cinderella.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming film? Do you think she has the look that you would expect for one of Disney’s most famous princesses?
You can check out the trailer and official synopsis below!
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.