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Lily James’ Cinderella is riding a horse, prancing through a meadow in this first look at Disney’s live-action fairy tale.

Principal photography began this week in London, and to celebrate the studio shared a first look photo of the character:

Click the photo to see it full size!

Disney's live action 'Cinderella' - Lily James

Cinderella is under the direction of Kenneth Branagh and stars James in the lead princess role. Richard Madden is Prince Charming, Helena Bonham Carter is the Fairy Godmother (who will first appear in the movie as an old beggar), and Cate Blanchett is Lady Tremaine. The movie opens in theaters March 13, 2015.

As part of today’s announcement, Branagh commented on the cast that he and Disney have assembled:

“It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we’ve all grown up watching,” Branagh said in a press release. “And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker. 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.”

How do you think James looks as Cinderella? The actress is best known for her role in Downton Abbey. She was upped to series regular for season 4, which premiered yesterday on ITV in the United Kingdom.

  • TC

    My first thought reading the article title was that it had something to do with Lily & James Potter… #ThoughtsalwaysonHP #Potterhead

  • Mayra Amaya

    Meh. Much like “Once Upon A Time”, I’m just not enthused…especially with such young actors.

    • Mayra Amaya

      Ha! I did some fact checking. Nevermind about my previous comment. She just LOOKs really young! Crazy. Still not enthused.

    • Alex

      1. I think they picked young actors to better match up the disney version (wasn’t Cinderella like 18-ish in the movie? or something like that)

      2. I personally think it will be 100 times better than OuaT cinderella- because this movie Cinderella don’t seem as helpless and whiny as OuaTCinderella- (ex-Ouat!Cinderella! “Yes I’ll sign your contract! just get me out of here!)

      plus, it’s Keneth Frikkin’ Branagh. he can do no wrong

      • Mayra Amaya

        Seriously? Because it’s Kenneth Branagh and “he can do no wrong” I’m supposed to be turning a new leaf? Nope, not convinced. Did you see Thor? Thor was a terribly directed movie. But if you’re judging him based on his acting, all I can say is that acting has nothing to do with directing. Two completely different things. I think I will remain un-enthused until I see some clips/previews….I guess I should also add my disclaimer: I am much harsher judge of movies than the average movie goer. So you can say I’m a little cynical, or a Debby Downer, and I would probably agree with you ;)

        • Samma

          Alex might be excited for Kenneth Branagh directing based on the tons of Shakespeare he’s directed? Thor is not at all the highlight of that man’s directing career.

          • Mayra Amaya

            Potentially. I’m willing to keep an open mind, and I hope I’m wrong and am wowed. But it takes a lot to wow me. We’ll see! I’ll be the first to tell you that I was wrong ;)

  • Merina

    What a gorgeous horse!

    • Camilla

      Haha, omg my thoughts exactly!

  • Ariel

    This actually looks really pretty! And exciting cast, an exciting director.. I’m excited!

  • Con

    Wow, cinderella is kinda ugly.

    • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

      ok, no. You’ve got to watch season 4 of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”.

    • Plat

      Shallow much?

  • redsulucup

    As a horse rider, it bugs me whenever anyone just hops on a horse (especially bareback or tackless) and can just gallop into the sunset.

    That said, looks pretty nice.


      Nah, man. You can ride bareback… It just wouldn’t be the most comfy…

      • redsulucup

        I know, I love riding bareback–it’s just in a ton of movies people will just hop on and gallop off without any previous experience, and that bugs me.

  • Filippos Kordalis

    wait next photos???

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