With the live-action version of Sleeping Beauty hitting theaters in a couple of weeks (ie. Maleficent), Disney has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming live-action film adaptation of Cinderella. Based on the Disney animated film of the same name, Cinderella is scheduled for release in March of 2015. Click the embed above to check out this teaser trailer then click below to learn more about this new film … which stars Lily James as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett as the evil step-mother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother.
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.
Whoa, this is crazy casting! I assumed Helena Bonham-Carter would play the evil step-mother and Cate Blanchett would play the fairy godmother. Honestly, I love the role reversal. It looks like Disney is making a series play to retell their classic animated films in live-action format. If Maleficent, the earlier announced Sofia Coppola-directed Little Mermaid and Cinderella do well, I fully expect we’ll see other live-action Disney princess movies to come.