Well, that’s one way to get to the ball on time.
Principal photography on Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella has just begun in London — and as this first-look photo proves, this might not be your grandma’s version of the classic fairy tale. The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the titular heroine, Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother, Helen Bonham Carter as her quirky fairy godmother, and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden as her Prince Charming.
The story largely follows Disney’s 1950 cartoon adaptation, with a few twists — in this version, for instance, Cinderella and the Prince meet before that fateful ball, though he fibs and tells her that he’s a palace employee. (Shades of Aladdin — and Ever After?)
Branagh praised his cast in a statement released today, especially its young romantic leads: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” he said. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”
Set your clocks for midnight… plus one and a half years: The film hits theaters March 13, 2015.