When I was young, long before I started watching movies in theaters, I had three fairy tale books that I read over and over again — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. And of those books, my absolute favorite was Cinderella. I believed back then that she was the most important fairy tale princess — I don’t even remember why but I just really regard her as the most beautiful princess with the best story.
So I must admit I felt disappointed that Cinderella isn’t one of the more visible characters on Once Upon A Time (can you tell I love fairy tales?). But when Disney announced back in May that they’ll be releasing a Cinderella movie, I got so excited because my childhood favorite princess will finally be featured front and center!!!
And now the trailer, poster and some images from CINDERELLA are now available! The poster above, featuring Lily James as Cinderella, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for the film’s campaign. Additional photos by Annie Leibovitz featuring the cast from the film can be seen in the costume feature of Vogue magazine’s December issue, on stands now.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home.
But when Ella’s father 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 mistreat her.
And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears 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 (Richard Madden).
Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter a.k.a. Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.
See the movie trailer below!
CINDERELLA opens in theaters March 13, 2015! Be sure to visit the Cinderella Website! And follow Cinderella on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google + to get regular updates about this movie!