Disney isn’t wont to let go of a thing once it starts making money and live-action versions of their animated classics seem to be raking in the bucks. Banking on Maleficent continuing the trend, they’ve moved forward with a new version of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Brannagh and with a stylish, footage-free teaser.
Disney has released the first teaser trailer for director Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action version of Cinderella. It doesn’t contain any footage from the film, but it does give audiences a magical look at the iconic glass slipper. I’m a big fan of Branagh’s work, and it will be cool to see what he’s actually done with this story.
The movie stars Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, and Derek Jacobi. It’s set to be released in theaters on March 13th, 2015.
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.