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It didn’t take long for Disney to follow-up their live action Cinderella teaser the other day with the full trailer. There’s a lot of acting talent involved in this latest incarnation that includes Lily James as Ella, Cate Blanchett as the evil Step Mother, Richard Madden as the Prince, and Helena Bonham Carter as her Fairy God Mother. How do you think this will do at the box office? (more…)

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We’ve been following the development of Disney‘s latest live action update of a classic fairy tale and not simply because the Disney princesses are in. I don’t believe they were ever really out, but as our generation (the ones who grew up during Disney’s second animation renaissance) become adults the princesses are becoming more popular than ever. And that being said, the last few live action re-tellings of said princesses – Snow White, for instance  – have only been so-so. Sure, none of those live-action attempts at Snow White came from the House of Mouse, but their Alice in Wonderland was a bit of a letdown, too.

For Cinderella they’ve gone and hired Kenneth Branagh, and man, do I hope that makes all the difference. Not only has Branagh built a career out of making Shakespeare accessible to the masses, but he directed Thor, masterfully. Asgardian god/alien? That could have been a HUGE fuck-up in the hands of a lesser director.

Now Cinderella has officially begun filming, as announced by the press release you’ll find below the cut, and thanks to the D23 Twitter account we get our first look at Lily James as the titular princess,



The list of talented thespians with accents continues to grow for Kenneth Branagh‘s new take on Cinderella as Hayley Atwell has joined the company. The artist formally (and futurely) known as Captain America’s Peggy Carter, will join Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham CarterStellan Skarsgård, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James.

So who will she play? Read the headline again!

But seriously, it was Atwell herself who broke the news of her new role in Harper’s Bazaar. “I am about to start filming Kenneth Branagh’s new movie, Cinderella, playing Cinderella’s biological mother at the beginning of the story, the embodiment of goodness and maternal love,” she wrote.

The new Cinderella will begin shooting this fall for a spring 2015 release date. James will play the title character with McShera and Grainger playing the wicked stepsisters, Blanchett playing the wicked stepmother, Madden as Prince Charming, and Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

As for Atwell, nerd fans will be able to see her next as Peggy Carter in the short film of the same name to be included with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, and in a cameo in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Cinderella is scheduled for release on March 13, 2015.

Source: /Film


The final piece has been found for Disney‘s live-action Cinderella, their princess. A role rumored have once gone to Emma Watson has been snagged by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. The news came in this very short press release from Disney which simply stated,

Actress Lily James (Downton Abbey) has been cast as Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale. The film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and stars Cate Blanchett as the iconic evil stepmother.

Additional announcements regarding Cinderella are expected in the coming weeks.

I’m going to guess one of those other expected announcements is who will play Prince Charming. Current frontrunner is Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden, a decision of which I highly approve. Kenneth Branagh is directing, and Cate Blanchet has been attached as the evil step-mother for ages.

James plays the fiesty and free-spirited niece of Lord Grantham on Downton, so having her scrub floors and be bullied by her step-sisters will be a change of pace. One I’m happy to see her tackle. Do you think James is the right choice to fill that glass slipper?

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After Emma Waston passed on the chance to play the peasant turned princess, Disney‘s been on the search for just who’s going to fill that glass slipper, and as Deadline reports, they’ve narrowed it down to three: Bella Heathcoate (Burton’s Dark Shadows), Lily James (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Downton Abby) and Margot Robbie (Pan Am, Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street). All three actresses fall under unknowns – I mean, do you recognize any of those names? – and the hope is who ever stars in Cinderella will score a boon of popularity like Mia Wasikowska did from her role as Alice. Which of these three would you cast?

You better choose well, because whoever snags the lead role could be waltzing at the ball with none other than Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ Young Wolf, King in the North, Robb Stark, who is topping the list of potential princes. And at this very moment I’d like to make a very apt comment, but due to spoilers for Thrones‘ third season, I’ll abstain, but you book readers should hopefully know what I’m thinking.

Anyway, things seem to progressing nicely for the Kenneth Branagh-directed fairy tale. And things aren’t slowing down for live-action, fairytale adaptations, either. Before Cinderella, which is expected in 2014, there’s still Maleficant starring Angeline Jolie coming next year.

What do you think of the live-action, fairytale fad?

Source: Screen Rant