Disney’s live-action Cinderella movie finally has a trailer, and as expected, Helena Bonham-Carter makes a pretty amazing fairy godmother. Harry Potter fans will certainly be happy to see a wand back in her hand, and it’s kind of nice that she’s not using it to kill people.
Vanity Fair recently shared the minute-long Cinderella teaser, and it’s safe to say that every girl will now dream of having a fairy godmother like Helena Bonham-Carter in her closet. She doesn’t just bibbidi bobbidi boo up a fab pair of glass shoes — she also makes sure that the sparkly slippers are comfortable enough to dance in until midnight. Cinderella’s shoes look like they’d turn her feet into mince meat, but maybe they feature some magical gel inserts or something. You can check out the trailer below.
As you can see, Helena Bonham-Carter’s fairy godmother kind of screws Cinderella (Lily James) when it comes to her blue ball gown — it’s pretty and all, but the fairy’s elaborate white dress is flashier. The trailer is gorgeous to look at, with its ornate gold coach, colorful ballroom scene, and painting-like backgrounds. Prince Charming (Richard Madden) also has some swoon-worthy baby blues that really pop.
Vanity Fair points out that the latest Cinderella trailer contains much of the same footage that was shown in a lengthier November sneak peek, which you can check out below. It features more of Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, a cold-hearted witch with a capital “B” and a cat on a leash (surely her pet’s name is Lucifer).
The live-action Cinderella movie looks quite a bit like the animated version, but Disney fans will enjoy seeing their favorite characters a little more fleshed-out. During an interview with E! News, director Kenneth Branagh hinted that his Cinderella will be a little bit spunkier than the original — she’s not just a damsel in distress in a tattered dress who is waiting around for her prince to come.
“This Cinderella, she’s not empowered in the sense of being adversarial or self-pitying or victimized. She makes her own choices and she doesn’t indulge in her own pain or have any regard for her own hardships. She’s generous of spirit, and we needed that in the actress. Lily has great generosity of spirit, which really you can’t fake.”
Branagh tried to give the live-action Cinderella a modern feel by making sure that his story wasn’t “built around the idea that Cinderella’s life depends on finding a man or things, like clothes or a title, or just hoping this magic will come along.”
“It’s much more about who she is, what she feels about herself, and taking that kind of sort of spiritual cue to make it refreshing in a contemporary way.”
In case you’re curious, Branagh revealed that the live-action movie won’t be a musical like the animated fairy tale. However, moviegoers might get to hear a song or two in the short film that will accompany the movie. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Anna and Elsa will return to the big screen in an animated short titled Frozen Fever. This new Frozen fairy tale will be about the sisters celebrating Anna’s birthday.
Cinderella and Frozen Fever will hit theaters on March 13, 2015.
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