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16th May 2014

Disney Release First Teaser Trailer for Live-Action Cinderella

Those are no 'slippers'...

Rebecca McKnight

They’re not giving much away, but damn if that’s not one impressive shoe…

Disney has released the first live-action teaser trailer for their upcoming live-action take on classic fairytale Cinderella.

We know the glass slipper is pretty central to the story and all that, but if this first look is anything to go by… it’s really all that matters. The 76 second video begins with a close-up on the iconic footwear, and pulls out for an indulgent look at the shining, shimmering crystal, before an equally sparking butterfly lands atop the shoes.

Incidentally, we’re objecting to the fact that these are still called ‘glass slippers’. Those are high heels Cinderella. No question.

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Lily James will play the title role in the new adaptation

The new take on the tale will follow the traditional story. A blurb posted with the video reads:

The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother.

Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her.

And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and — armed with a pumpkin and a few mice — changes Cinderella’s life forever.