Disney has released a new Cinderella trailer and clip for its upcoming lavish fairy tale adaptation. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey) as the titular soon-to-be-princess and essentially steers pretty close to the story we know. The trailer says “There’s more to the legend than you’ve ever dreamed,” and if you’ve dreamed the animated movie but with flesh-and-blood actors, then it’s exactly what you’ve dreamed. At least the clip that introduces the wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters (Holiday Grainger and Sophia McShera) is somewhat clever as the characters aren’t outright mean; the stepsisters are derisive and the stepmother commits the egregious sin of putting a cat on a leash.
Check out the new Cinderella trailer and clip below. The film also stars Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, and, Nonso Anozie. Cinderella opens in 2D and 3D on March 13th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Cinderella:
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and 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 abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if 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.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.