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Does Cinderella deserve a makeover?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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A First Look at Disney's Strong and Sexy Cinderella

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Lily James as Ella in 'Cinderella'

Lily James as Ella in 'Cinderella' (Photo: Disney/Everett)

Here is our first look at Lily James as Cinderella!


Riding a horse while showing more skin than the classic 1950 animated character ever revealed, this new image of Rella is just the first indication of the changes that Disney has in store.

Disney states that the look, crafted by "Cinderella" director Kenneth Branagh, honors the tradition of the iconic princess while giving it a new spin of Branagh's own, according to a statement released on Monday.

"She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun, and physical grace," Branagh says of the Lily James version.

Best known as Lady Rose MacClare on "Downton Abbey," James's Rella has flowing blonde hair and wears a dress that looks somewhat similar to the animated Cinderella's ball gown. Cinderella's outfit also shows off some ... wait for it ... cleavage! And no, the original Disney character didn't come close to showing as much.

[Related: Meet the New Cinderella, ‘Downton’ Actress Lily James]

Seen gamboling through a field on horseback, Cinderella looks to be a strong and capable horsewoman — an aspect of the character that hasn't been seen much of in the past. Overall, the image suggests that while this "Cinderella" will still be a period piece, it will give its leading character a more modern and independent streak than Cinderellas of yore.

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Lily James (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

In spite of Cinderella's updates — which include a name change — Branagh plans to honor our favorite moments from the '50s animated feature. "It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we’ve all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker," he says.


Matching the updated look, the first official synopsis included in Disney's statement reveals that Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz ("About A Boy" and "The Golden Compass") are giving the beloved fairy tale a few modernish twists. In their version, Cinderella begins the story as Ella. Her new name is actually a mean-spirited insult given to her by her Stepmother (played by Cate Blanchett), who turns her into a lowly servant after the death of her mother.

While riding through the woods, Ella meets a handsome stranger who she believes works at the nearby Royal Palace. It turns out, he's really the charming Prince (Richard Madden of "Game of Thrones"), which certainly puts a different spin on their romance. And when Ella is prevented from attending a ball at the Palace by her hard-hearted stepmother and ill-mannered sisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera), she's given some unexpected help by an elderly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) — who turns out to be more than Ella could ever imagine. Can you say Fairy Godmother?

"Cinderella" is currently scheduled to dance into theaters on March 13, 2015.

[Related: Exclusive Trailer for Disney's 'Frozen' This Thursday]

Watch a Clip From the Original Animated 'Cinderella':

Does Cinderella deserve a makeover or should she be left alone?


by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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mommaFruFru
by Gold Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I don't see it as a make over. Just a mother adaptation. Why do.ppl get all hyoed over Disney princesses but not, say,the hundreds of different batman movies,? If you like the classic and don't want anything else don't go to th eaters or buy it.

I mean really
is not like they turned her into a prostitute
diaperstodating
by Queen24Princes on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I have seen Cinderella 1, 2, and 3. I like her the way she is!
quickbooksworm
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM
This.


Quoting mommaFruFru:

I don't see it as a make over. Just a mother adaptation. Why do.ppl get all hyoed over Disney princesses but not, say,the hundreds of different batman movies,? If you like the classic and don't want anything else don't go to th eaters or buy it.



I mean really

is not like they turned her into a prostitute

AtiFreeFalls
by Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

 You apparently don't live with any nerds.  Because they do get up in arms about Batman.  And Deadpool.  And Wolverine.  And Black Widow.  And Hulk.  And HOLY GOD if you talk to a reader of the comics about the show The Walking Dead be prepared to defend yourself from a physical attack lol.

The only time I ever cared was when they were trying to make Merida cuter and sexier.  Her beauty was in the fact that she WASN"T like the rest of the Disney princesses, and that's why I loved that my daughter loved her. 

Quoting mommaFruFru:

I don't see it as a make over. Just a mother adaptation. Why do.ppl get all hyoed over Disney princesses but not, say,the hundreds of different batman movies,? If you like the classic and don't want anything else don't go to th eaters or buy it.

I mean really
is not like they turned her into a prostitute

 

janitablue
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM


Well said.

Quoting mommaFruFru:

I don't see it as a make over. Just a mother adaptation. Why do.ppl get all hyoed over Disney princesses but not, say,the hundreds of different batman movies,? If you like the classic and don't want anything else don't go to th eaters or buy it.

I mean really
is not like they turned her into a prostitute



meam4444
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM


Quoting diaperstodating:

I have seen Cinderella 1, 2, and 3. I like her the way she is!

Same here!


diaperstodating
by Queen24Princes on Oct. 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I would liked to have seen Cinderella as a mother. The King agrees with me, he said in the first movie "I would like to have grandchildren before I'm gone".

Even though she lost her mother, and had an evil stepmother I know she would have made a great mother.

thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Oct. 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

I'd love to see it. I love the Disney classic, but this would definitely appeal to me. Also Ever After is my favorite movie because I like how Cinderella (though called Danielle) is portrayed.

miss_AP
by on Oct. 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

New versions are fine. But I hate this damn redrawing of the original. Seriously, WHY redraw the originals? They are originals and they are just fine?! If you want to make a new one go ahead, but it drives me crazy they are "redoing" them. The new cinderella on promo gear drives me bonkers.

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