Check the new “CALIFUK” issue (september) of Flaunt magazine featuring Lily. You can also read her interview below, she talks about her role as Natasha Rostova in the BBC adaptation of ‘War and Peace’.
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FLAUNT – Though Lily James grew up antithetically to Cinderella, she wears a gown sewn with similar thread: grace and charm, humility and wisdom. While the CALIFUK editorial team awaited a call from the 26-year-old actress (and impending talk of the globe), hushing gossip dominoed down the hall, murmurings bounded from office to office. “Is Cinderella calling?” Yes, the star of Disney’s latest incarnation of Cinderella (2015) carved time in her shiny schedule to briefly talk about what the princess does after the ball. A Google image search of the future superstar yields a catalogue of marvelous gowns for Cinderella’s summer premieres in Tokyo (Shinderera), Berlin (Aschenputtel), Paris (Cendrillon), and Mexico City (Cenicienta) and every other metropolitan fiefdom thrilled to screen the big-budget fantasy masterpiece. The Guardian praised the film’s “straight-faced sentimentality” and “unashamedly old-fashioned” nature, even offering contrarian commentary supporting the protagonist’s modern spirit of independence. Written with anti-revisionist mentality, and maintaining the trope-ish ethos—i.e. 18th-century European baroque-ness meets good ol’ pack-the-station-wagon Disney Americana—the film grossed $132 million on its opening weekend. Director Kenneth Branagh skipped fixing what wasn’t broken, and James—true to her hallmark character—filled the allegorical slipper perfectly.
Refined audiences might have found James’ success in the rags-to-riches princess role a refreshing switch. During her “day job” as Lady Rose Aldridge (née MacClare) on Downton Abbey (2012-2014), she’s recognized moreso for her disregard of mores, as the rebellious youngest daughter of the MacClare family. James’ character means well, though, balancing capable charm and innocent curiosity, arcing from an illicit rendezvous with jazz singer Jack Ross to a safe-but-loving marriage with Atticus Aldridge. She told Zap2it in March, “Part of me wants her to like lose her shit and come back completely wrecked and a ruined woman, and part of me wants her to keep her happily-ever-after.” But happily ever after is subjective. Fans might beg Lady Rose fair stay, while James’ real-life happiness—in the vein of Flow’s Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—could require roles of increasing challenge, rising to her performative level.Continue Reading
Lily looks splendid in this new editiorial for the Net-A-Porter magazine The Edit. Be sure to check HQ digitan scans and outtakes in our gallery. Enjoy!
‘Cinderella’ director Kenneth Branagh explains why he directed the movie and also mentions his “Romeo and Juliet” play with Lily and Richard Madden. ‘Cinderella’ will be released on Blu-ray/DVD, Digital HD/SD and on Disney Movies Anywhere on September 15.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – With the making of Cinderella, director Kenneth Branagh combined his background in resuscitating period classics (Hamlet, Henry V) with his experience shooting big-scale productions (Thor), creating a sleek, live-action reboot that smacks of modern fare while holding true to the fairy tale’s traditional roots.
“All of my interests and skill sets came together for Cinderella,” says Branagh. Furthermore, directing Disney’s live action remake allowed the Irish filmmaker to make strides towards his ultimate goal. “I often feel that the evolution of an artist is to try to get simpler and simpler, as least that is what I aspire to,” he says.
So, is Branagh calling Cinderella — which was made for an estimated $95 million — a simple film? Kind of, but that’s exactly why he signed up for the job. “Some people are dismissive of the fairy tale as a genre, but I’ve never felt that because the stories that end up having an influence over your entire creative life often happen when you’re very small,” explains Branagh. “Those first tales, whether told to you by a parent, or a storybook or at a theater, really make an enormous impression, yet at the surface, they’re very simple. I feel my trajectory was leading me towards stories, although deceptively simple, [that] carry with them an emotional charge vastly greater than its surface appearance.”
Read on for more from Branagh and for an exclusive deleted scene from the new Disney Movies Anywhere app cut – featuring a dark take on the obstacles facing Ella and her Prince Charming.Continue Reading
BRANAGH THEATHRE LIVE – The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.
In this Faze exclusive clip from ‘Cinderella’, Lily learns how to ride a horse in preparation for her role.
We added a new picture featuring Lily and co-star James Norton in mineseries ‘War and Peace’ and two other stills have been replaced with high quality ones (thanks to Ana)!
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Another promotional image/poster for War and Peace have been added to our gallery. Can’t wait to see Lily is this mini series! (Thanks to Just James Norton for the tip)