With Frozen-mania finally winding down, Disney plans to follow up the massive animated hit with a throwback live-action film —and Cinderella looks pretty great.
Based on the classic tale of Cinderella, the live-action film stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans) in the title role and is being directed by established genre alum Kenneth Branagh (Thor). Disney seems to be banking on this one to be a monster hit for Q1 of 2015, and the more we see, the more impressed we are.
Here’s the official synopsis, which throws a spin or two on the fairy tale and includes some additional casting breakdowns:
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.
Check out the trailer below:
A new featurette has also been released to promote the live-action adaptation. Check it out below via Yahoo!:
CInderella opens March 13 and, to make sure it rules the box office, will include a brand-new Frozen short film.