Disney Debuts CINDERELLA Trailer, Poster, and Images Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

The Mickey Mouse power house has just released the new trailer, poster and images for a live action retelling of Cinderella fairy tale, directed by Thor’s Kenneth Branagh.

The cast assembled for another classic tale features Lily James as the title character, two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as the wicked Stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden as Prince Charming.

Hot on the heels of this year’s live action Maleficent, Disney will release their new big budget live-action fantasy next year on March 13, 2015.

The supporting cast includes Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger as wicked stepsisters as well as Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Holliday Grainger and Stellan Skarsgard.

Watch the new trailer, poster, and images photographed by Annie Leibovitz in the gallery below. I’m sure lots of little girls will have fun watching Cinderella’s gorgeous gown and some adorable CGI mice, too. This is not a gritty rehashing and looks like a fun love story which is welcome.

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.

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