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November 19, 2014

‘Cinderella’ trailer: Disney brings magic to live-action fairy tale

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Lily James plays Cinderella and Richard Madden plays the Prince in Disney's live-action feature "Cinderella." (Disney)

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Cate Blanchett is the Stepmother and Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale CINDERELLA, which is directed by Kenneth Branagh and opens in theaters nationwide on March 13, 2014.

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Holliday Grainger, Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Sophie McShera in "Cinderella." (Disney)

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James as Cinderella, as photographed by Annie Leibovitz, in a poster for Disney's live-action feature "Cinderella." (Disney)

The first trailer for Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella is out, and from the looks of it, the film adheres closely to the animated classic, right down to the cartoon-y mice.

“Cinderella,” directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay penned by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, sees “Downton Abbey” actress Lily James wearing the Disney princess’ iconic glass slippers.

“Game of Thrones” alumnus Richard Madden portrays her prince, Helena Bonham Carter plays her fairy godmother, and Cinderella’s trio of tormentors include Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as the wicked stepsisters.

The trailer, released Wednesday, is narrated by Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”), who plays Cinderella’s mother — a character who does not appear in Disney’s animated rendition of the fairy tale.

“I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer,” she tells young Ella. “Have courage, and be kind.”

The trailer proceeds to chronicle most of the well-known fairy tale, including the arrival of her widower father’s cruel new wife, her fairy godmother transforming mice into horses and a pumpkin into a coach, and, of course, her dance with the prince.

“Cinderella” is due in theaters March 13, 2015.

What do you think about the trailer? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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