Lily James and Richard Madden Talk Characters in CINDERELLA Featurette

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Cinderella and the Prince with Lily James and Richard Madden

We get more insight into the couple of Cinderella as Lily James and Richard Madden talk about their characters in this live-action retelling of the fairy tale.

In this, we get to look at what makes Cinderella special, plus we get more insight into Richard Madden’s prince.  For those of you who didn’t see the animated classic version of Cinderella, there really isn’t that much focus on the prince at all.  I haven’t seen it recently, but if I recall correctly, the character barely has any lines in the movie, as the focus was purely on Cinderella.

Luckily, things have changed a bit, and not only do we see a stronger female fairy-tale character (but not completely changed to some warrior princess, which to me is fine since not all women need to be Xena to have strength in theirselves),  but it looks like we’ll get to see and learn more about the prince, as played by former King of the North Richard Madden.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Richard Madden as Prince Charming

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