Kenneth Branagh to Direct Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

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Hollywood, it seems, just can’t get enough of fairy tales. The last few years have brought modern twists on several classic tales, such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman and current release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Disney – which released Burton’s Alice – is in a particularly strong position to capitalize on this trend, especially given that the studio has been synonymous with fairy tales for decades. The studio will be releasing Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful in March and is currently developing a live-action Cinderella.

The latter film recently took a hit when director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) left the project, but now Vulture reports that Kenneth Branagh has stepped into the director’s chair. Cinderella will be written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and star Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s nefarious stepmother.

Amanda Seyfried was previously rumored to be up for the lead, but it looks as if the search is now ongoing.

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There’s little information about what approach this film will take with the classic Cinderella story or how fantastical it will be, which makes it difficult to determine how fitting a choice Branagh will be. The director has worked in a number of genres throughout his directorial career from Shakespearean tragedy (Hamlet) to modern thriller (this year’s Jack Ryan). He even previously dabbled in fantasy with his work on Marvel’s Thor, which no doubt played a part in Disney (Marvel’s current owner) bringing him onboard.

We’ll be interested in hearing how Disney plans to give their latest “fairy tale with a twist” project a fresh spin. Perhaps the film will focus more on Cinderella’s relationship with her stepmother? Casting an actress like Blanchett would be a wise move, should the project be going in that direction.

Do you think Branagh is a good choice to bring Cinderella back to the big screen? Who should play Cinderella herself? Let us know in the comments.

Cinderella is scheduled to start shooting this fall with a targeted release sometime in 2014. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on this project.


Source: Vulture

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  1. Kenneth Branagh … why?

  2. :sigh: let all the Disney live action remakes begin

  3. Hook was really good. Give it a chance!

  4. His work on Hamlet makes it easy for me to picture him doing well with this one. Cate Blanchett should be fun to watch, too. I can’t say I understand all the hype surrounding Amanda Seyfried though. She certainly seems golden as of late.

  5. Without a log-line no one can say what “hooked” Disney on this particular director or him on the material. A long way to Sept and changes are inevitable to whatever the story might be…if indeed they have one yet. The director is also a writer.

  6. I could see Emma Stone playing Cinderella but thats just me

    • I can see that…. Angela Lansbury also can play The Fairy Godmother (She can make an awesome role)….

    • You are right I was thinking Emma Stone should be a good acting role playing Cinderella but I prefer to see Amanda Seyfried. But she is busy playing Gwen Stacy in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

      Here is the Casting Call (Origins):

      Amanda Seyfried as Cinderella
      Cate Blanchett as Madame Bavorda (The Stepmother)
      Orlando Bloom as Prince Andrew
      Angela Lansbury as The Fairy Godmother
      Alexandra Daddario as Dilah (The Stepsister)
      Lindsay Lohan as Marina (The Stepsister)
      Peter O’Toole as King George (Prince’s Father)

  7. I like Kenneth Branagh for this very much. Amanda Seyfried, not so much. I think that a live-action Cinderella has the potential to be an incredible film, but also the potential to be not so great.

  8. why? because of k-stew and the huntsman and mirror mirror. disney can and will make a better feature film than anyone else.

  9. I think he’s perfect. Especially if they want to make it large with lots of pomp and grandeur (think Hamlet or sequences in Thor). The ball could be really spectacular. Maybe even epic. As long as they don’t give her a gun and make her blow stuff up. I’m getting tired of these twists on fairy tales where they jettison the moral lessons and replace it with repeating crossbows.

  10. Branagh is sure to please. Amanda Seyfried as Cinderella…talk about a 360 as she’s presently cast as Linda Lovelace!

  11. It may not be bad when I try and see it, but doesn’t Hollywood think we already have lots of live-action Cinderella films as it is?

  12. I love Kenneth Branaugh and I would like to see Chelsea Kane as Cinderella.

  13. Kenneth Branagh has directed the spectacular actor Tom Hiddleston who starred and took over the screen as the rivalry brother Loki the God of Mischief (and hotness) in many shows/movies. Some include “Thor” and the show “Wallander”!! Hiddleston has proven that he can play an amazing prince in BBC’s The Hollow Crown as Prince Hal, so my sister and I would really love to see Tom as Prince Charming!! There have been many rumours about Tom playing the Prince, however we would like to MAKE SURE that he does so if anyone knows how to get hold of Kenneth Branagh, please let me know at my email or comment! We would like to plead with Branagh to cast Tom Hiddleston as Prince Charming!!

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  15. With Kenneth Branagh at the helm, this Disney flick is destined for GREAT things.

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  17. This adaptation goes from Cinderella being a baby, before her mother dies. so its a different take to the norm one thinks??

  18. We took our grandchildren friday night on the opening weekend, ages 4 and 8. They sat so still.. Hardly breathing, as we did, throughout the movie. It was beautiful and enchanting and tender and funny and about family, courage and kindness. We loved it! It was a perfect retelling of this sweet story.. Perfect! Our grandchildren went the very next night with their parents and a friend… they loved it! I went again the next week with my dearest friend… She LOVED it!!! I’ve only been to about 5 movies in the last 2 years. I used to go to 2 movies every weekend. I would like to note that this was visually beautiful as well. It’s a wonderful movie. Thanks to everyone associated with the production of this movie. While it may be a welcomed challenge to make a hard hitting, realistic drama… Most people just want to escape and feel happy walking out of the theatre. There is enough drama in our everyday life to last forever.. But to be uplifted and bring a happy feeling back into our home is wonderful! Thanks again!

    • I should have referred to the movie I commented on.. It was Cinderella! Sorry I wasn’t more specific.

  19. I should have referenced the movie I commented on… It was Cinderella..