Disney Studios is gearing up for its first official outing of what will no doubt be a big 2015 for them studio its live action adaptation of Cinderella coming March 13, 2015. In this third trailer for the upcoming film, released today at the stroke of midnight, we get a little more of the story beyond the well-known animated Disney film and more of the wicked Cate Blanchett. The film hopes to expand into the motivations of the Prince’s father and perhaps some behind-the-scenes ill-willed teamwork with Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters.
Check out the new trailer here below.
Past trailers have highlighted what will no doubt be the biggest draw, which is the fairy tale elements such as turning pumpkins into carriages, mice into horses, and a fairy godmother played by the amazing Helena Bonham Carter, but this new one focuses on the more realistic side. In either case, Disney is hoping to start 2015 with a bang and based on the past success of their other live-action fairy tales of the past few years, such as Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, this will probably be just that.
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.
Catch the Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella, starring 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, along with Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera in theaters in the U.S. March 13, 2015 (March 27, 2015 in the UK).