It has been more than a decade since the Walt Disney Studios has been investing efforts in remakes in live-action of its classic animations – and, although a good part of them didn’t work, ‘Cinderella’ managed to win over audiences and critics around the world.
Launched in 2015, the production, directed by Kenneth Branagh (‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘Belfast’), is based on the eponymous fairy tale and animation released in 1950, and tells the story of Ella (Lilly James), who earns the nickname Cinderella after the tragic death of her father, being forced to work as a maid in her own house for her terrible stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett), and their daughters Anastasia and Drisella. Despite this, his optimism about life remains intact. Strolling in the forest, she is enchanted by a brave stranger (Richard Madden), without suspecting that he is the prince of the castle. Cinderella receives an invitation to the grand ball and believes she can find her soulmate again, but her plans go awry when her evil stepmother rips her dress. Now, you’ll need a fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to change your destination.
With several accolades from the specialized critics, the film won Oscar and BAFTA nominations and also raised more than US$545 million worldwide, allowing Casa Mouse to continue to bring more remakes for the new generation.
To celebrate its recently celebrated seventh anniversary, the CinePOP prepared a list with some backstage triviawhich you can check below:
- A total of 10 thousand crystals Swarovski were placed one by one in the protagonist’s beautiful blue dress, as well as in James’ hair.
- At the royal ball, several dresses were inspired by princesses from the Disney pantheon, including those worn by Belle (‘Beauty and the Beast’), Tiana (‘The princess and the Frog’), Aurora (‘Sleeping Beauty’), Snow White (‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’), Mulan (‘Mulan’) and Ariel (‘The Little Mermaid’).
- The fairy godmother’s dress, played by Bonham Carter, has small LED lights in its composition, which lit up every time she cast a spell.
- James originally auditioned for the role of Anastasia Tremaine before being cast as Cinderella. Anastasia was eventually played by Holliday Grainger.
- The last dance scene was completely improvised. Branagh decided to leave her inside the final cut.
- According to the costume designer Sandy Powell, she didn’t want Ella’s original attire to be just a rag dress. Instead, the heroine wears a dress that gradually deteriorates and fades – and which, in the past, would have had more vibrant colors that represented a happier life when Ella’s father was alive.
- In an interview, James revealed that the iconic glass slipper worn in the film did not fit his foot. Instead, they were added to the film using computer graphics.
- Over the closing credits, James sings his own version of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes”while Bonham Carter sings the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”. Both songs are from the original animation.
- The costumes worn by the Prince, played by Madden, were accented with shades of blue to accentuate the color of his eyes.
- Emma Watson was one of the first considered to play Cinderella, but she and the Mouse House could not agree. Two years later, she would make her Disney debut with the live-action from ‘Beauty and the Beast’.