Kenneth Branagh to Direct Disney's 'Cinderella'

Kenneth Branagh

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.


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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