Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cinderella Gets Her Own Live-Action Treatment From Walt Disney Pictures

The trend successfully started in Disney's Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska. Then there comes Maleficent, from the story of Sleeping Beauty, this time starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. The former was well-received by movie-goers and the later is having a bang with supporters.

And so to capitalize with this success Disney continues on with this trend this time with the live-action adaptation of the rags to riches story of Cinderella. The titular character will be played by Lily James and she will be joined by fairy-tale/fantasy veterans Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, among many others.

Watch the teaser trailer of Walt Disney's Cinderella live-action movie adaptation.

And grab a hold on this equally teasing poster of the movie.

And here an official photo that sprouted over the net a  few months ago, featuring the lead character astride a noble horse.

Lily James as 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.

Disney's Cinderella swoops in to theaters on March 2015.