‘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.

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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.

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