Disney just unveiled the first poster and teaser trailer for its first-ever live-action "Cinderella" movie, which is directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans) and is set to hit theaters on March 13th, 2015.
Plot: The story follows the fortunes of young Ella (James) whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) 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 (Richard Madden), 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 (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.
heh, think i'll stick with 'ever after' angelica huston is the mother of wicked stepmothers, plus i wish that cat fight scene had some shirt rippin and boobies floppin but then again it was only pg rated...besides not looking forward to live action talking mice, had enough of that with alvin and the chipmunks AND...didn't disney say they weren't doing anymore princess fairytale films?
These live-action fairy tale movies never project the magic of their 3D/cel-shaded counterparts no matter how much CGI is thrown into them because magic and reality very rarely ever seem to coincide as well as one would hope, mostly because live-action is clearly and traditionally an adult realm whereas cartoon/3D is more the insular domain of children, Pixar's and Dreamworks' efforts notwithstanding, and children and only children can truly be engulfed by that which evokes the ineffably magical.