POP QUIZ: Is this a picture from a movie set or a snapshot of a 12-year-old girl’s dream? If you guessed the former, you are correct! Disney has begun shooting the live-action remake of Cinderella in London and this image is the first sneak peak.
The picture we are going to get screen-printed onto wallpaper that covers our bedroom shows Lily James, of Downton Abbey fame, riding a horse through a field as the new Cindarella. The wild flowers are wavering in the wind, the horse’s mane appears to have been blown out by an expert hair stylist, and Cinderella’s toes point down like a lady. The modern Cinderella appears to be equal parts genteel and plunging neckline.
The film is set to reboot the classic Disney princess with a new name—we’ll be calling her Ella now—and a new wardrobe ... Ella will be showing more skin than the cartoon classic from the 1950s. According to director Kenneth Branagh, the new movie will feature a more independent, strong, and saucier Cinderella than the classic animated version. “We have found our perfect Cinderella ... [Lily James] combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace.” (The kind of grace we imagine we have here at SparkLife, crouched behind our computers in the midday twilight of our glowing iMacs.)
Expertly cast, the movie features Richard Madden as the prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and
Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.
Giving the tale a makeover as well, Ella is a young girl whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Ella is dealt another blow when her father unexpectedly dies, leaving her fate in the hands of her merciless new family. (Sounding a little similar to the Drew Barrymore-produced Ever After.) “Cinderella” is a nickname her step-family gives her out of spite, after making her a servant. Not to be broken, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words to “have courage and be kind.” Guess what happens next? Well, it involves a handsome prince, a little help from a fairy godmother, and a ball. And ballet flats.
What do you think of Cinderella's new look?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]