Just as I was going about my day yesterday, something awesome happened.
Scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw that finally, finally, there’s a full trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella, and it looks to be every bit as magical as I was imagining.
Disney started teasing this project over a year ago, releasing images of that single glass slipper for us to marvel over, just like the Prince does in the tale.
But it looks like the film will be even better than the teasers hinted! Visually, it’s beautiful. Although I can see that director Kenneth Branagh has kept a lot of iconic moments from the original Disney cartoon interpretation–mainly in the costuming–there’s something more heightened and mystical in the cinematography of this new Cinderella. Colours are bolder, contrasts are greater, and nobody looks quite human. It reminded me of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, although I can see that the story will have a very different direction to it.
And while we’re on the subject of directing, can I just reiterate that Kenneth Branagh directed this? Kenneth. Branagh. He of Hamlet and Thor is bringing his epic imagination and taking on a female lead – I’m excited just to see what he’s done with (Cinder)Ella (played by Lily James), because from the trailer it looks as if he’s given her a lot more agency than the earlier cartoon allowed for.
Cinders takes the reins in the new trailer.
Oh and that cast? Wow. My expectations for a film always go up when I see the quality of the actors involved. Two of my favourite actresses Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter take on iconic roles, playing the Wicked Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother respectively. On the male side, there’s heavyweight Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke while Richard Madden plays Prince Charming, making him the second Game of Thrones castmember to be recognised for his princely qualities.
If you didn’t know, I’m a bit obsessed with fairy tales, and I love seeing how they change and adapt in the hands of different storytellers. It looks like this Cinderella is going to be a very classic, very heroic telling, perfect for everyone who loved the first Disney film.
The film’s release date is currently set for 13 March 2015, but until then you can check out the full trailer: