Disney has released a first teaser trailer for upcoming film Cinderella, focusing on the tale’s famous lost slipper. It therefore gives little away and has been released to merely whet the appetite.
Ella’s life is turned upside down when her wealthy father remarries then unexpectedly passes away.Left at the mercy of her cruel stepmotherand daughters Anastasia and Drisella, Ella is forced to become a servant. When she later meets a handsome stranger in the woods, Ella is given an invitation to a ball at the Palace. However, her stepmother finds out, forbidding her from going and tearing her dress.
Director Kenneth Branagh recently says: “It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we’ve all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker.With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”
Downton Abbey actress Lily James is playing the title role of Ella [why have they shortened the name?], and Helena Bonham Carter plays the fairy godmother who uses her magic to change Cinderella’s luck forever. Now what I want to know is, are the mice going to be in it?
Also starring Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, and Derek Jacobi, Cinderella will be released on March 13th, 2015 in the US, and April 3rd, 2015 in the UK.
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.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.