In the Cinderella story, midnight is a significant time, which is why Disney took the opportunity to release a sneak peek video of their upcoming live-action film, Cinderella, at midnight for the New Year today.
Watch the new “Midnight Changes Everything” sneak peek here below, along with a new featurette titled “Legacy” (via Yahoo!), which includes footage from the film, along with interviews with the cast and crew and comparisons to Disney’s animated classic.
The live-action film stars Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden (best known as Robb Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella hits theaters on March 13, 2015 in the U.S.; March 27, 2015 in the UK.
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.
“Midnight Changes Everything” Sneak Peek
“Legacy” Featurette (via Yahoo!)
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