The first 'Cinderella' trailer will take your breath away

Downton Abbey's Lily James is as charming as she is gorgeous playing the popular Disney princess

By Andrea Tim | Published: 20 Nov 2014

Video: Disney Movie Trailers

We have to say, Kenneth Branagh is the man. If you didn't know him as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (the 1993 film), you should know that the British actor and filmmaker is one versatile chap. Not only has he helmed and acted in films adapted from Shakespeare plays, he's also played a villain in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, done voice acting and directed Thor. Yup, as in Marvel's hammer-wielding superhero, Thor.

Kenneth's versatility strikes again, this time with Disney's Cinderella live-action remake, starring Downton Abbey regular Lily James as the titular character and Cate Blanchett as her vicious stepmother. There's no dark retelling of the fairy tale classic, but there is as much magic as you can wish for in a childhood favourite. Plenty of that is thanks to how much of a natural Lily is at being a princess.

While there will be no musical numbers in the film, Kenneth told E! Online that there will still be singing. "We hope to pay a little nod to the original in that way," he said.

You'll also be glad to know that some of the animals are to remain in the storyline.

"I think I would possibly be drummed out of the DGA [Directors Guild of America] if I denied the audience watching Cinderella the opportunity to say, 'Gus-Gus!'" Kenneth added. "Gus-Gus, I believe, will be making an important appearance. We worked with both real mice, which were actually fantastic, and some CGI mice."

Cinderella also stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as the prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the quirky Fairy Godmother, Downton Abbey's Sophie McShera as Drisella and Holliday Grainger as Anastasia.

You know how, in anticipation of Maleficent, you watched the first trailer over and over again, and when the second and the third came out, you watched those and then went back to the older trailers and watched them in order... multiple times? Oh, you didn't? Well, perhaps it's just us, but we'll be watching the Cinderella trailers as frequently, too.

Cinderella opens in Malaysian cinemas on 12 March 2015.

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