Anatomy of a Movie hosts discuss Disney’s 2015 live-action film adaptation of Cinderella. Cinderella is a 2015 British romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt Disney Pictures, the story is inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault (with some references from the Brothers Grimm’s version of the story). Although not a direct remake, it borrows many elements from Walt Disney’s 1950 animated musical film of the same name. The film stars Lily James in the title role as Ella (“Cinderella”) with Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the Wicked Stepmother), Sophie McShera as Drisella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia and Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother. The film had its world premiere on February 13, 2015, in the out of competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. It was released on March 13, 2015. The film received positive critical reviews and has grossed over $149 million worldwide. When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
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