Walt Disney Pictures has announced that principle production has begun on Cinderella, a live-action feature take on the classic fairy tale story being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Jack Ryan). Disney previously turned the fairy tale in a beloved animated feature back in 1950.
In celebration of the start of filming, a first image has been released showing star Lily James (Downton Abbey, Wrath of the Titans) as the titular character. You can check out the first image and read a description below.
Directed by Academy AwardÂ®-nominee Kenneth Branagh (â€œJack Ryan,â€ â€œThorâ€), the film stars Lily James (â€œDownton Abbey,â€ â€œWrath of the Titansâ€) in the title role, Richard Madden (â€œGame of Thrones,â€ â€œBirdsongâ€) as the Prince, OscarÂ®-winner Cate Blanchett (â€œThe Aviatorâ€) as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter (â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech,â€ â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€) as the Fairy Godmother. Holliday Grainger (â€œGreat Expectations,â€ â€œAnna Kareninaâ€) and Sophie McShera (â€œDownton Abbey,â€ â€œWaterloo Roadâ€) play Ellaâ€™s stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella, respectively. Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd (â€œThe Avengers,â€ â€œThe Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ€) and Nonso Anozie (â€œGame of Thrones,â€ â€œThe Greyâ€) play the Arch Grand Duke and the Princeâ€™s loyal friend, the Captain. TonyÂ® Award-winner Derek Jacobi portrays the King.
â€œCinderellaâ€ is produced by Simon Kinberg (â€œX-Men: First Class,â€ â€œElysiumâ€), Allison Shearmur (â€œThe Hunger Games: Catching Fireâ€), David Barron (â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,â€ â€œJack Ryanâ€), from a screenplay by Chris Weitz (â€œAbout a Boy,â€ â€œThe Golden Compassâ€).