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On New Year’s Eve, as the clock struck midnight, partygoers welcomed 2015 with music, dancing and probably lots of drinking. But if you eyeballed the exits, you might have seen a beautiful Cinderella fleeing the premises to get home before the clock turned to 12. That’s why Disney chose last night as the perfect time to reveal brand new footage from their upcoming fairy tale, Cinderella, and you can watch it below:
The Twitter feed is a good follow if you want to know more about Kenneth Branagh’s planned reimagining of the classic Cinderella story. But Disney wasn’t finished sharing. They also dropped this "Legacy" featurette on Yahoo Movies, explaining how the cast and their director approached the making of the film, given the timeless nature of the material. It’s a great watch:
Truthfully, everything I’m seeing about Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has me more excited for his finished work. Even though it has Helena Bonham Carter, it doesn’t appear as cartoonish and empty as the live-action take on Alice in Wonderland. (Branagh and Tim Burton operate on different playing fields, for starters.) This movie could do for Cinderella what Maleficent did for Sleeping Beauty.
Disney has a different version of Cinderella in theaters at the moment. Anna Kendrick is playing the classic fairy tale princess in Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods, though she is sharing screen time with at least five other storybook characters. Kenneth Branagh’s movie will give the glass-slippered starlet a chance to shine in her own spotlight, and possibly make a major star out of Lily James, who plays the title role. Here’s the initial trailer the studio released:
Cinderella opens in theaters on March 13.