Cinderella Has Got Even the Grown Up’s on Their Toes
Fairy tales and frothy princess gowns might be the perfect draw for kids, but with Walt Disney Co.’s retelling of the “Cinderella” story, the grown-ups might find themselves doing the fantasising. British director Kenneth Branagh has taken the fairy tale that Disney’s 1950 animated film made famous and turned it into a live-action spectacle. Stars include Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as her Prince Charming and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the glamorous, wicked stepmother. Opening Friday, the film could top the U.S. and Canadian box office in its opening weekend with $64 million, according to Boxoffice.com. But Disney will also spin revenue from adult-focused merchandise, including high heels inspired by the glass slipper.