Disney is moving forward with development of a new live-action version of Cinderella and may have already found their golden-haired princess in the form of actress Amanda Seyfried.
Most everyone is familiar to some degree with Disney’s 1950 animated adaptation of Cinderella – the comical mice, the tune “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” and the evil stepmother that makes Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep from The Devil Wears Prada) look like Mother Teresa.
As it happens, Disney has already hired Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna to pen the script for their new take on the classic fairy tale (see what I did there? Ha, ha, wheeze, moving on now).
It comes as little surprise to hear that Seyfried may be Disney’s choice to play the lead. The actress I knew for the longest time as the ESPN-powered blondie from Mean Girls has made a name for herself these past few years, with roles in flicks like Mamma Mia and Dear John. She has even demonstrated some variety in her film selections, ranging from the girl-next-door romance of Letters to Juliet (see the photo below) to her upcoming Girl with the Red Riding Hood, a darker spin on the famous fairy tale. And of course there was the teen horror film Jennifer’s Body (though it’s ok if you choose not to remember that).
Clearly the Mouse House is taking the blockbuster success of its 3D version of Alice in Wonderland to heart as it moves forward with both this new take on Cinderella and the in-development Maleficent movie we keep hearing about. Whether these projects will deviate as significantly from their respective source material as Tim Burton’s Alice did – with regards to plot, at least – remains to be seen.
There is, of course, an even more pressing question for now – namely, do we really need or want yet another version of Cinderella? We’ve already had popular actresses like Drew Barrymore (in Ever After) and even former Disney Channel star Hiliary Duff (in A Cinderella Story) appear in direct variations of the fairytale, with mixed to utterly forgettable results. Isn’t it time for something more (gasp!) original and creative?
What do you think? Would you like to see Seyfried play Cinderella? Does the idea of yet another movie re-imagining of a fairy tale sound appealing? Sound off in the comments section below.