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While Kenneth Branagh became best known as a director for his big screen adaptations of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, in the last few years he has done his part to completely shake up his own reputation. His next feature is tackling fairy tales with Cinderella.
As you can see in the image above, production has begun on Disney’s Cinderella. In this first look, you can see the titular heroine riding—seemingly bareback—a horse in a creamy turquoise gown that is sure to have Cosplayers and little girls around the world giddy with anticipation.
Stellan Skarsgard is considering getting in deeper with Disney. The Swedish star who has played Bootstrap Bill in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Dr. Erik Selvig in Thor and The Avengers is currently in talks to join the studio's live-action re-imagination of Cinderella.
Helena Bonham Carter is certainly no stranger to fantasy and fairy tale films. Not even counting the films she's done with Tim Burton - including Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - there's still the Harry Potter films, in which she played the evil/insane Bellatrix Lestrange. And now she's getting ready to add yet another title to her long genre record.
Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is filling up with familiar faces from the small screen. The live-action re-imagining is set to star Downton Abbey's Lily James as the title character, with Game of Thrones' Richard Madden set to play the Prince. Yesterday, we learned that The Borgias beauty Holliday Grainger signed on to play one of the wicked stepsisters...
Grainger would be playing the daughter of Cate Blanchett, who will star as the wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine. Something tells me someone equally beautiful is going to nab the other sisterly role. Call me crazy.
It's official! Disney has issued a press release naming Richard Madden as the Prince in their upcoming live-action re-imagining of Cinderella. The Scottish actor, who is best known for playing Robb Stark (King of the North!) on Game of Thrones, will be joining a cast that includes Downton Abbey's Lily James as the titular princess.
Emerging ingénue Lily James has come out on top to snatch the coveted role. Walt Disney Studios has proudly announced their newly appointed princess in a press release, promising more casting notices will follow soon.
Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie are all being screen tested for the role in London this week. Notably, none of the above have the kind of name recognition of Watson, or even Ronan, Vikander or Wilde for that matter. But this means Cinderella would be a major opportunity for any of the testing trio.
Alas, it seems Cinderella's glass slipper wasn't the right fit for Emma Watson. Less than two weeks after the actor was said to be in talks to star in the planned film, the Bling Ring star has reportedly decided not to star in Disney's live action adaptation of Cinderella.
Tonight seems to be the night for Harry Potter stars in talks to play classic roles. Earlier, we shared news that Daniel Radcliffe was in final negotiations to play Igor in Fox's Frankenstein-inspired feature, and now comes word that Emma Watson is in talks to star in Kenneth Branagh's take on Cinderella for Disney. (Coincidentally, Branagh starred in and directed an adaptation of Frankenstein in 1994.)
Going from one completely unlikely director to another, Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella may now finally be able to get started. Just three weeks after Mark Romanek dropped off the project, the studio has reportedly picked Kenneth Branagh to take over
Since releasing the critically beloved but highly underseen drama Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek has been toiling away in development on Cinderella, a new spin on the fairy tale in development at Disney. It seemed a little strange for the director behind One Hour Photo, who was fired from the Wolfman remake for too dark a vision
After a couple years in development, this fairy tale feature finally came out of the shadows last week with word that Cate Blanchett is in talks to play the infamous evil stepmother. While she's still in negotiations, Variety has discovered three contenders for the title role: Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, and Gabriella Wilde.
Lord of the Rings fans will see Cate Blanchett returned to her role as Galadriel for upcoming Hobbit trilogy. The three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book is just one of a number of projects the Australian actress has in the works. And she may be adding Disney's live-action Cinderella film to the list.
Disney’s classic Cinderella is available for the first time ever on Blu-ray today in a Diamond Edition set that comes chock full of extras. In the cutest marketing move ever, the Cinderella: Diamond Edition Blu-ray hit the market at midnight (Cinderella’s curfew time!) on October 2, and to celebrate, Disney is offering fans a few clips that take a look at Cinderella’s dress transformation and her race to escape the ball, all in glorious restored picture.
This year has been a good year for fans wanting to switch their Disney collection over to Blu-ray. Earlier in 2012, Walt Disney Home Entertainment determined they would be bringing over 30 catalog titles to Blu-ray. The newest release announced is Cinderella, which will be given the Diamond Edition Blu-ray treatment on October 2.
Chris Weitz has had one ridiculously strange movie career. Beginning in the late 90s, Weitz's writing/directing filmmography is one of the most eclectic you'll find, working in various genres like R-rated comedy (American Pie), teen romance (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Oscar-nominated dramedy (About A Boy), animation (Antz), adventure (The Golden Compass), and Oscar-nominated drama (last year's A Better Life).
The new movie would be a slightly more politically tinged version of the fairy tale, in which the prince is set for an arranged marriage that benefits the kingdom, but who throws he world into a tailspin by falling for Cinderella instead. That's a romantic plotline almost as old as the Cinderella fairy tale itself
We here at Cinema Blend have been loving on great trailer mashups for a while now, some of the best emerging from last year’s Inception craze. The trend has continued on into 2011 with this first great mashup of the year--Sucker Punch meets the Disney Princesses