|First look at Lily James as Disney's new live action Cinderella 9/23/13|
“It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we’ve all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker,” Branagh said in a statement.
“With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. 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.”
"...irresistible to a filmmaker..." That tells us a lot right there. Apart from Disney itself being the company that's bringing this live action version to life, as well as it being a 'live-action version" of the Disney's animated Cinderella (at least at the inspiration point), it will be interesting to see what they consider classic moments. Will they be classic moments in the plot (which Disney actually owes to Perrault) or will the be classically presented moments, which the disney artists (especially Mary Blair) created their own staging and vision of?
Also note the inclusion of "physical grace" in Lily James' attributes. We're talking about dancing, poise and, now that we see this picture, riding bareback as well. I'm guessing it's unlikely she will be balancing breakfast on her head as the animated Cindy did (although, you never know...)