Watch CINDERELLA “The Legacy” Official Featurette

Cinderella’s legacy is brought to life in new live-action version.

The legacy of the animated version of Disney’s Cinderella is an absolute classic, with so many iconic moments.  Though some may find the  it tired and archaic in that classic damsel-in-distress situation in which she has to be saved by the Prince.  But it’s not always appreciated when the classics are “re-imagined”, either.  There’s a fine line in what should and shouldn’t be changed to keep up with the times and yet still portray that same legacy that people young and older can appreciate.

In the following featurette “The Legacy”, director Kenneth Branagh speaks about taking the challenge of Cinderella from a kids animated film to a live-action film for all ages.  He is joined by actors Cate Blanchett (Lady Tremaine, aka Wicked Stepmother), Lily James (Cinderella), Richard Madden (Kit, aka Prince Charming), and Helena Bonham Carter (Fairy Godmother).

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father 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, 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 mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears 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 (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Fairy Godmother - Cinderella

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