Cinderella is a 2015 American live-action fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is inspired by the fairy tale "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault, and the 1950 animated film of the same name. It stars Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine and Lily James as Cinderella, respectively. The film was released on March 13, 2015.
The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella, whose merchant father remarries after the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella's father suddenly and 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 abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if 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". Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as her fairy godmother, disguised as a kindly beggar woman, steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.
- Lily James as Cinderella
- as Young Cinderella
- Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine
- Richard Madden as Prince Charming
- Holliday Grainger as Anastasia Tremaine
- Sophie McShera as Drizella Tremaine
- Helena Bonham Carter as Fairy Godmother
- Stellan Skarsgård as The Grand Duke
- Derek Jacobi as The King
- Nonso Anozie as Captain
- Hayley Atwell as Cinderella's Mother
- Ben Chaplin as Cinderella's Father