Movie Exclusive – First Look at Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”

Entertainment Weekly shared the first exclusive photo from the set of Disney’s live-action Cinderella film. Principal photography began on the highly awaited, Kenneth Branagh-directed film yesterday in London, England. This first photo feature Lily James as the iconic and classically beautiful princess.

According to an article on Entertainment Weekly, James is not being portrayed as your typical Cinderella and there will be some subtle changes to the story. In the classic story of Cinderella, she and the Prince (Richard Madden) first meet at the ball. In Branagh’s version, Cinderella meets the Prince before the ball, but he lies and tells her that he’s a palace employee.

In a statement yesterday, Branagh was explaining how happy he is with his cast by saying: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”

Cinderella - First Look

What do you think of this first exclusive look at the new Cinderella film? Are you looking forward to seeing more from the set as production continues? Do you think Branagh is the right director for this project? Will you be heading to theaters when Cinderella is released on March 13, 2015?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Helena Bonham Carter to Join Disney’s “Cinderella” as Fairy Godmother

The production of Cinderella had some trouble with finding its princess at first, but Downton Abbey actress Lily James was cast as the title role back in early May. Well, the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation has recently found its fairy godmother in actress Helena Bonham Carter.

According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, the fairy godmother will be getting more screen time as she will be watching over Cinderella disguised as a beggar. Then, of course, as the story goes on she will reveal her powers and who she truly is.

The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Richard Madden of Game of Thrones as Prince Charming. The evil step-sisters will be played by another Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger of The Borgias. Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron will be producing this project, which is aiming for a fall production start in London this year.

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Bonham Carter is right for the role of the fairy godmother? What do you think of the other cast members involved in this project?

Helena Bonham Carter

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Casting News – Emma Watson will not Star in Disney’s “Cinderella”

Last month, there were rumors circulating that Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson was going to star as the title role in Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. However, Variety’s Marc Graser recently tweeted, “Emma Watson has decided NOT to star in Disney’s CINDERELLA.”  He did not give any information behind Watson’s decision to back-out of the project, but in another tweet he stated, “Details to come.”

This version of the classic tale will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and actress Cate Blanchett is signed on to portray the evil stepmother. According to an article on Collider, the studio may go back to considering actresses Saoirse Ronan, Gabriella Wilde, and Alicia Vikander for the coveted role.

Who do you think should be cast as Cinderella? Do you think Watson made the right decision? Is Branagh the right director for this project? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Emma Watson

Source: Collider

Casting News – Emma Watson in Talks to Star in Disney’s “Cinderella”

Disney has been releasing and developing several films over the past few years that are inspired by the animated classics the studio thrives on. This was kicked off with Tim Burton’s live-action version of Alice in Wonderland and has led to both Sam Rami’s Oz the Great and Powerful and Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.

Another film that Disney currently has in the works is a Kenneth Branagh-directed, live-action version of Cinderella. Recently, casting rumors have started to surround Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson. Watson is in talks to star as the iconic princess. Actress Cate Blanchett is also attached to portray the evil stepmother.

What do you think of this potential casting choice? Do you think Watson would fit the role of Cinderella? Would you be interested in seeing this film?

Emma Watson

Source: Collider