The tale of Cinderella is a classic one. It’s been adapted and recycled a countless number of times and even for those that don’t enjoy one incarnation, there’s another waiting just around the bend. The latest is a live-action version being put together by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and starring such familiar faces as Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and more. It’s a PG-rated family movie that’s sure to bring Cinderella’s story to a whole new audience. And now Disney has released a teaser trailer for the flick, so you can at least get a few-seconds-long look at what Branagh has put together. Scroll on for the teaser.
It’s certainly pretty enough, even if we only got a glimpse of a scant few scenes. And since it’s being produced by Disney, it will likely follow the traditional Disney interpretation fairly accurately. It’s nice to live in a world where the ability to produce special effects allows directors to integrate live-action with a fantastical world so easily. It’s a wonder that tales such as Cinderella and other classic Disney movies haven’t all been redone in this fashion. And no, Snow White and the Huntsman does NOT count (that steaming pile of…).
It won’t be coming out until March 13th of next year, but here’s the synopsis, just in case you know nothing about the tale of Cinderella:
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.