TV3 – Lily James felt inspired playing Cinderella.
Lily James was bowled over by Cinderella’s truthful retelling of the classic story.
The British actress plays the title role in the sumptuous film, which is favourite among both children and adults.
Most little girls want to be princesses when they grow up and Lily jumped at the chance to portray one. She particularly loved playing someone so inspiring.
“I think it’s sort of what we were talking about; this strength can come from within, this dignified strength and grace and also that in doing so she finds such joy and happiness in her life regardless of her situation, even if it’s just talking to little Gus Gus [mouse],” Lily smiled to Cover Media. “But when I read the script I was sort of bowled over by the fact that it was such a truthful retelling of the fairytale without any tricks or twists really. It felt really strong and a girl I really wanted to play, and [I] felt inspired playing her.”
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella boats an A-list cast including Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Madden.
The theme of empowerment wasn’t lost on Kenneth, who embraced the message and hopes others will to.
“It feels as though it’s a different kind of empowerment but I think that it is empowerment and I think that she makes proactive choices. Even if those choices are sometimes to be thoughtful and to be considerate. So it’s a question maybe of reconsidering the notions of action and empowerment,” Kenneth mused.
BELFAST TELEGRAPH – Lily James believes there is nothing braver than dealing with growing up.
The Downton Abbey star appears in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, where she takes on the fairytale title role.
One of the biggest themes is courage, prompting Lily to reflect on times she’s had to combat nerves in her own life.
“I think every day you have to be brave, dealing with growing up,” she reasoned to Time Out London.
“I’d say loss is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with.”
Of course romance is also a huge theme for Cinderella and her prince, with Lily confirming she’s a believer in true love.
The 25-year-old also addressed criticism from feminists, arguing that her character is actually a very strong woman.
“Yes! She’s definitely gutsy,” she smiled. “Right at the end, when the prince comes to rescue her, rather than going downstairs and falling into his arms, she’s like, ‘Right, I’m this girl. I’m not a princess. This is who I am.’ It’s all on her terms. It’s hopelessly romantic, but she’s empowered. Whether she’s a feminist or not depends on what your idea of a feminist is.”
And strong women play a huge part in Lily’s life, with the star crediting Downton co-stars Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael with giving her support and advice.
“[They] have been wonderful at helping me deal with all the pitfalls,” she gushed. “They’ve got such wit and intelligence.”
BBC – The star of the new big budget Cinderella movie has been talking to Newsround about what’s it’s like to play a fairytale princess.
Lily James plays the lead role in Disney’s latest version of the story and says it was a dream come true.
Cinderella first hit the big screen in the 1950s, as an animation, and now it’s back in the cinema with real-life stars and costumes – and a seven-minute (sort of) sequel to Frozen too.
In total, 1.7 million crystals were used to make the costumes and recreate the magical fairy tale world.
But what exactly goes into creating a wardrobe worthy of a blockbuster?
Jenny went behind the scenes of the Cinderella premiere to find out.
Lily is HighEnd Teen Magazine’s cover girl for April. I will add the scans as soon as they become available.
The first ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ still has been released, featuring Lily as the iconic Elizabeth Bennet. I also added a higher version of the promotional picture here. As said in the previous post, the film will hit theaters next year. Enjoy!
COMING SOON – Screen Gems has officially set a release date for director Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Jane Austen reimagining will hit the big screen on February 19, 2016! The studio has also set a September 16, 2016 release for director Jon Cassar’s thriller When the Bow Breaks. New Line Cinema, meanwhile, has shifted the upcoming Vacation reboot/sequel from an October release to this July 31st.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring Lily James (Cinderella, “Downton Abbey”) as Elizabeth, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) as Jane, Ellie Bamber (A Mother’s Son, The Falling) as Lydia, Millie Brady (“Mr. Selfridge”) as Mary and Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), offers an “expanded” version of the Austen classic. The book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Sam Riley (Maleficent, On the Road) as Mr. Darcy, Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire,” Kill Your Darlings) as Wickham and Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Lost River) as Mr. Collins.
When the Bow Breaks, meanwhile, stars Morris Chestnut (The Best Man, The Call) and Regina Hall (About Last Night, Think Like a Man) as John and Laura Taylor, a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.
Vacation, finally, stars Ed Helms (“The Office,” The Hangover) and Christina Applegate (Anchorman, The Book of Life). Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World. The film is will also include appearances from the original’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.
Both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and When the Bow Breaks are the first major releases to claim their respective dates. Vacation, meanwhile, will go up against Southpaw, The Gift, The End of the Tour and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.