A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. In theaters March 2015.
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.
Behind the scenes video of Lily for Town & Country UK’s June cover shoot!
Good news, “Downton Abbey”-ers: If you don’t want to wait until the end of February to see the rest of Season 4 unfold, the show is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 28.
And to celebrate the release, PBS Distribution is giving Yahoo TV readers an exclusive first look at one of the bonus features: a behind-the-scenes clip in which the crew shares a peek at just how hard they work to produce the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series.
It takes 13 days to film one episode of the drama, executive producer Liz Trubridge shares in the clip, which means a whole day’s worth of filming produces four to five minutes of footage shown on screen, according to director David Evans.
A crew member also shares that the impeccable look of the series is a result of great attention paid to the smallest detail, including a commitment to making sure not a single hair is out of place among the cast.
Elsewhere on the DVD and Blu-ray releases, fans who are still shaken up by this season’s shocking storyline with Anna have a treat awaiting them in the series’ annual Christmas special: guest appearances by Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson; and Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson, Cora’s playboy brother.
“Downton Abbey: Season 4” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 28 from PBS Distribution. “Downton Abbey” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on PBS.
Nice-as-pie Lily James, who plays Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, talks through her stunning cover shoot for Tatler January 2014. She wore Dior, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Simone Rocha, and was photographed by Marc Hom and styled by Deep Kailey.
30 sec TV spot for the 2013 Edition of the 24fps International Short Film Festival, presented by the landmark Paramount Theater in Abilene, Texas November 1-2, 2013.