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Leaving no beloved childhood memory unturned, the House of Mouse have yet another live-action adaptation of one of their classic fairytale films on the way in the form of Cinderella. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lilly James the only footage we’ve been shown so far is the heroines glass slipper that appeared way back when. Thank the fairy godmother then, that we’ve got a new (albeit brief) look at the trailer that is set to arrive this Wednesday.

Retelling the age-old tale of the sweetheart scrubber who busts out her home late one night to attend a royal ball and win the heart of a charming Prince, this new take goes into a lot more detail before, during and after the big night. Check out the full synopsis below:

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.

Whether Branagh’s new take will addresss the whole issue of the slipper staying intact and everything else reverting to its original state is unknown, what we can be sure is that it’ll be interesting to see how he handles proceedings. Branagh is renowned for his period pieces (Shakespeare mainly) and his effort to introduce Thor into the MCU was a surprisingly successful one. We can only wait to see how he handles this world-famous fantasy when it arrives March 13, 2015.


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