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Cinderella Inspired by a Disney Classic

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Lily James plays every girls’ dream role, ‘Cinderella’.

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Cinderella is an American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt Disney Pictures, the story is inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault. Although not a direct remake, it borrows many elements from Walt Disney's 1950 animated musical film of the same name. The film stars Lily James in the title role as Ella (Cinderella) with Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the wicked stepmother), Sophie McShera as Drizella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia, and Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother.