Prince Charming. In name alone, those are some big shoes to fill, but in Kenneth Branagh’s beautiful live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Cinderella, Richard Madden does just that. Madden’s Prince is honorable, brave, never foppish, and indeed, quite charming. Cinderella also stars Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, Nonso Anozie, Holliday Grainger , Sophie McShera and Hayley Atwell, and opens in theaters March 13th.
At a recent Los Angeles press day, I sat down with Richard Madden for an exclusive video interview. We talked about why he wanted to take on the role of Prince Charming, the technical challenges of filming the grand ball, being immersed in the fairy tale environment, the film’s wonderful costume work by Sandy Powell, how Game of Thrones fans react when they see him on the street, and re-teaming with Branagh and James for a West End production of Romeo and Juliet in 2016. Please be aware there are major Game of Thrones spoilers.