Cinderella 2015

We're living in the golden ages for renovated fairy tales; a new one seems to pop up whenever the old one is just dying out (cough, cough, Malificent.) This time, it's Cinderella's turn, with the original in 1950, all those silly ones from the early 2000s, and the countless number of films based off of the story (Ever After, Ella Enchanted, Enchanted, A Cinderella Story, etc.), now is the perfect time for the new film, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, to act as a facelift for the familiar fairytale. This movie is starring all my British favorites including Lily James (Lady Rose from Downton Abbey) as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett, even though she's technically Australian, (from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Blue Jasmine, The Monuments Men, etc.) as the evil stepmother, Sophie McShera (Daisy, also from Downton Abbey) as one of the stepsisters, and Helena Bonham Carter (from almost everything, including Les Misérables, The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, the list could go on for ages...) as the fairy Godmother, and a bonus because it's directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh (Wallender, Harry Potter, a bunch of Shakespeare films, his list goes on and on, too.) Plus, you can count on beautiful costumes because designer Sandy Powell has the lead and is known for her historical and ornate costumes from Shakespearean and Victorian films. Mark your calendars, the movie is scheduled to be released in March of 2015.

Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as the prince. Via Vogue.

Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, backed by Sophie McShera (left) and Holliday Grainger (right), playing the mean stepsisters. Via Vogue.