Disney has just released the first image from ‘Cinderella,’ the live-action movie that just begun filming in London!
The photo shows Lily James (‘Downton Abbey’) as Cinderella, on a horse. Kenneth Branagh is directing the new movie. In the new movie, Cinderella gets a new name. She’ll be “Ella” in the new take on the classic 1950 Disney cartoon.
“With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” says director Kenneth Branagh in an statement announcing the start of production. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace.”
While it looks like it’s set in a similar time period to the 1950 Disney animated movie, the new project seems to feature a stronger, sexier, more independent version of Cinderella who isn’t afraid to wear a lower neckline while living a very active lifestyle. Cinderella will also star Rickard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.
Best known for playing Lady Rose MacClare on TV drama Downton Abbey, James will play Ella, a young girl whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. When Ella’s father suddenly dies, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel new family. They make her into a servant girl and give her the nickname “Cinderella” out of spite. But Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” And then she meets a handsome prince, and, with a little help from a fairy godmother, finds her way to the ball.
I’m excited! Disney’s Cinderella is slated to open on March 13, 2015.