Principle photography has started on Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of Cinderella, and already we're getting the feel for this new kind of Disney Princess.
Disney has just released the first-ever image of Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cindy. Riding a horse that is too beautiful to be real, her blue dress is dirty and her blonde locks are wild. We love it. It's got whimsy and wild pretty lady all over it. Plus at some point (we're hoping) Cinderella will roll around in that grass with her Prince Charming, played by Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. Fingers crossed the first image of Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother are equally as impressive.
Here's the synopsis from the press release:
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.
Cinderella is set for a March 13th, 2015 release date.