By Jack Rico
With the conversion of animation to live-action, Disney could have hit stardust gold. Cinderella is the first experiment from the Walt Disney company to “refresh” their animated legacy properties to “real life”. If successful, you will see Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and yes, Frozen, be adapted to the big screen with real actors. Imagine a Frozen live-action movie? We’ve seen glimpses of how it would look like through the Broadway shows, but film is a whole other medium and beast. The amount of money to be generated from recycling old content is a potential game-changer for the Disney’s film division. Only time will tell if it works, but we at least have this trailer for now to judge it on. Have a look!
Disney’s Cinderella starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter will arrive in theatres March 13, 2015.
Synopsis: 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) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.