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DISNEY REVEALS CINDERELLA
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.
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, ?Cinderella? brings to life the timeless images from Disney?s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Directed by Academy Award? nominee Kenneth Branagh (?Thor,? ?Hamlet?) and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (?Blue Jasmine,? ?Elizabeth?), Lily James (?Downton Abbey?), Richard Madden (?Game of Thrones?) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (?The King?s Speech,? ?Alice in Wonderland?), ?Cinderella? is produced by Simon Kinberg (?X-Men: Days of Future Past,? ?Elysium?), Allison Shearmur (?The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I?) and David Barron (?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?) with Tim Lewis (?Goldeneye?) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (?About a Boy,? ?The Golden Compass?).
?Cinderella? will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.
STRANGE MAGIC Trailer Released!
STRANGE MAGIC, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015!
STRANGE MAGIC is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by ?A Midsummer Night’s Dream.? Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011?s Academy Award?-winning film ?Rango,? bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (?Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,? ?Lifted?), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer ?Mars Attacks!?) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (?Elf?), Irene Mecchi (?Brave,? ?The Lion King?) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to ?Strange Magic,? including Alan Cumming (CBS? ?The Good Wife,? Broadway?s ?Cabaret?), Evan Rachel Wood (?The Ides of March?), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway?s ?Wicked?), Maya Rudolph (?Big Hero 6,? ?Bridesmaids?), Sam Palladio (ABC?s ?Nashville?), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (?Chocolat?), Elijah Kelley (?Hairspray,? ?The Butler?), Bob Einstein (HBO?s ?Curb Your Enthusiasm?) and Peter Stormare (?Fargo?). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (?Moulin Rouge?) serves as both the musical director and composer.
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STRANGE MAGIC opens in theatres everywhere on January 23rd!