Thursday, January 01, 2015

"Cinderella" 2015: "Midnight Changes Everything" Peek

As the clock struck midnight last night to ring in the new year--a new trailer for the latest re-telling of the fairy tale "Cinderella" also hit.

"The Devil Wears Prada" writer Aline Brosh McKenna sold the pitch to Disney back in 2010 which re-imagines the story as it follows a "prince set for a politically arranged marriage, until the evil plan is threatened when the prince meets Cinderella". Chris Weitz penned the final script.

Downton Abbey's Lily James was cast as Cinderella after a lengthy search Emma Watson was linked to the role for less than a week in March While Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement"), Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina") Imogen Poots and Gabriella Wilde ("The Three Musketeers") tested for the lead last year. Bella Heathcote ("Dark Shadows"), Margot Robbie ("Pan Am").

"Game of Thrones" co-star Richard Madden has won the male lead role of Prince Charming. Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") will play one of the 2 beautiful but mean stepsisters. Sophie McShera will play the second wicked stepsister. Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the fairy godmother. Cate Blanchett is set to play the evil stepmother. Stellan Skarsgard will play the grand duke, the king’s adviser, who just may have ulterior motives in his guidance. Derek Jacobi plays the King.

Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go") vacated the director's chair in 2013 when he and the studio reportedly clashed over "differing views on how to tell the story." Romanek’s version was a darker vision than the studio wanted. The same thing happened with 2010's "The Wolfman," and Romanek ended up looking like the smart one for exiting what ended up being a critical and commercial failure.

Kenneth Branagh called action on the film.

Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron are producing.

The film hits theaters in March 13th 2015....

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