THOR director Kenneth Branagh trades in Mjölnir for glass slippers in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s CINDERELLA, starring DOWNTON ABBEY’s Lily James in the titular role, along with Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s stepmother), Helena Bonham-Carter as the Fairy Godmother, and GAME OF THRONES’ King of the North himself, Richard Madden, as Prince Charming. With the success of MALEFICENT earlier this year, not to mention the explosive success of BIG HERO 6, Disney seems keen on making sure their classic titles are getting the same exposure as their new projects.
Watch the official trailer released by Disney below:
Judging from the trailer, the film almost seems like a very faithful adaptation of the 1950s animated classic, with the same light and breezy tone and none of the grit or reinvention of 1998’s EVER AFTER: A CINDERELLA STORY. If fans were expecting a reimagining, this doesn’t look to be the case in this film, where one can almost see exact scenes from the animated film recreated on screen. There have been other Cinderella-inspired films apart from EVER AFTER, such as the Anne Hathaway-starred ELLA ENCHANTED, which put an interesting, more comedic spin on the tale. However, none have been as inventive and refreshing as EVER AFTER, so it will certainly be interesting to see how the 2015 version fares. Branagh’s take seems to take a straightforward route, with James’ Cinderella seemingly every bit as delicate and one-dimensional as the original character from the animated film.
While it’s certainly too early to tell and judge based on a mere trailer, if the tone is any indication of what to expect from the film, Disney doesn’t look to be taking any chances. What is intriguing is Cate Blanchett in the deliciously devilish role of Cinderella’s stepmother, although she does have to contend with comparisons to Anjelica Huston’s fantastic portrayal of the same character in EVER AFTER. Blanchett, whose villainous stint on INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL was probably one of that film’s very few saving graces, sure looks like she plans to have some fun with this role.
CINDERELLA will be released on March 13, 2015.