Not only do we have the first full trailer from Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming live-action Cinderella to show you today, but we also get to share our exclusive interview with the film’s director, Kenneth Branagh!
Here’s the new trailer (keep an eye out for some familiar moments):
It’s magical and wondrous and romantic and beautiful, and we were so lucky to get to talk about the film with its director Kenneth Branagh. Branagh (Oscar nominee, BAFTA winner, Shakespeare aficionado, writer, actor, producer, and overall British gent) was just as lovely a conversationalist as you might imagine. His genuine excitement about this movie, made us even more excited to see it (if possible). Here are the highlights of our conversation:
Oh My Disney: What do you what the audience to take away from the new trailer?
Kenneth Branagh: I wanted to let the audience feel that [with the movie] they were going to enter a very sumptuous, lavish world. It’s a new kind of fairy tale where the emotional development feels very real. In the trailer I wanted to show people that there would be a great, big, immersive world to go into and that it would be fun to spend some time there. It’s playful and complex; full of energy.
Oh My Disney: What drew you to this project?
Kenneth Branagh: I love contrast in my work and I love surprise and challenge. I had previously worked on Thor and then Jack Ryan. And then along comes a fairy tale, and trying to work out what made a classic like Cinderella resonate so deeply across hundreds and hundreds and of years, and across the movie landscape for decades and decades, was a revelation. I wanted to figure out how you make Cinderella in the 21st century.
Oh My Disney: Why do you think has Cinderella remained so popular?
Kenneth Branagh: Life can be pretty rough sometimes for everybody and it’s wonderful to be able to go to the ball, or have a moment where all of your troubles are put to the side, and you get to dress up, and dance, and maybe have a wonderful romance. Our alliance with the underdog tells us if you hang on, if you believe in courage and kindness, life really will work out for you.
Oh My Disney: One of the themes of the new film is courage. How did that inform Cinderella as a character?
Kenneth Branagh: I think that she learns to turn the other cheek with strength. She has no sense of self-pity, no sense of being a victim. She makes her own choices, She doesn’t indulge in her own pain or hardships. She looks at the world with compassion. I find her such good company because she’s so un-showy, and yet she’s so charismatic. I think she really knows herself.
Oh My Disney: Do you have any advice for fans who might want to break into the film industry and follow in your footsteps?
Kenneth Branagh: Don’t limit yourself or your imagination. Imagination is a big beautiful space in your heart in which to live. Dream big, dream happy, dream kind.
We want to thank Kenneth Branagh for his inspiring words, eloquent conversation, and infectious exuberance about the movie! Cinderella comes to theaters March 13, 2015.
What are you most looking forward to seeing reimagined in this version of the fairy tale?