... on the live-action movie CINDERELLA:
If you pay attention during the ballroom dance scene, you will notice many of the dresses are designed on the dresses of various Disney princesses. You can spot Belle, Tiana, Aurora, Snow White, Mulan and Ariel.
Emma Watson was in talks to star as the title character but a deal could not be worked out with Disney. She was later cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (1991).
It's a common misconception that Disney's Cinderella (1950) and subsequently Cinderella (2015) cut some of the more violent and disturbing elements of the Brother's Grimm fairy tale (such as the step-sisters cutting off their heels and toes to make the slipper fit and birds pecking out their eyes) in order to make the film more family friendly. In truth, Disney did not base the original film off of the Brothers Grimm's "Aschenputtel" (19th century) but rather on "Cendrillon" written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault's version includes the fairy godmother and the pumpkin coach that are absent from the Grimm version, and does not include some of the more sinister elements. Both Cinderella (1950) and Cinderella (2015) credit the film as based on the Perrault story.
There's a scene at the back of their house where Cinderella is feeding the animals while she's humming the song "Sing, Sweet Nightingale". The song is also sung by Cinderella while doing her chores in the 1950 animated film.
Lily James originally auditioned for the role of Anastasia Tremaine before being cast as Cinderella.
Imogen Poots, Bella Heathcote, Margot Robbie, and Lily James tested for the lead role. The role went to James.
Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, and Gabriella Wilde were all considered to play Cinderella.
(Per New York Times interview w/ Kenneth Branagh) – As for “have courage and be kind,” the mantra that some have suggested reduces Cinderella to an anti-feminist milquetoast, Mr. Branagh likened it to the nonviolent resistance of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
He added: “I’m proud that a sophisticated, intelligent and passionate girl emerges out of a classical framework where her empowerment is not at the price of becoming like a man. I think it celebrates her specific femaleness in a way that encourages people to be who they are, not necessarily in competition with the opposite gender or with an attempt to be what other people appear to wish them to be.”
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