Additional promotional images and production stills from the Downton Abbey Season 5 finale have been added to the gallery, enjoy!
Added in the gallery, few more Cinderella production stills. Also updated the promotional poster with the HQ version. Enjoy!
Thanks to Luciana, I’ve added in the gallery, the digital scans of Vogue USA which features that beautiful Cinderella portrait. Be sure to check them!
“The bad guy is always the most fun to dress,” admits three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell. “And the good, kind person is always the most challenging.” Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and due out in March, gave her plenty of room to stretch in both directions. Lily James (Lady Rose of Downton Abbey) stars as the ultimate little girl’s fantasy figure, while an elaborately skirted Cate Blanchett channels Joan Crawford as Cinderella’s evil stepmother.
For Blanchett, whom Powell has dressed in three films (including Todd Haynes’s Carol, also to be released next year), the designer’s costumes play a key role in preparations. “To be in dialogue with Sandy instantly makes an actor’s internal work become more active and purposeful,” she says. “She invites grace, chutzpah, and irreverence, and one’s performance must rise to the occasion.”
Though the fairy tale is timeless, Powell was aiming for the look of “a nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s,” she says. Cinderella’s stepsisters sport the yellow and pink of 1950s sorority sisters. “They are meant to be totally ridiculous on the outside—a bit too much and overdone—and ugly on the inside,” Powell says. Dressing Cinderella herself, meanwhile, required a subtle rethinking of the tale’s traditional iconography. “I didn’t want her in rags, as she is often portrayed in the storybooks,” Powell explained. “What I gave her instead is a dress that starts out pretty and ends up looking faded, tired, and worn out.”
Together with the brand new Cinderella trailer, a new promotional poster and few new production stills have been released and added to the gallery!
Have courage and be kind. Watch the brand new trailer for Disney’s Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter. See the film in theatres March 13, 2015.
Here a sneak peek of the Cinderella trailer that will be released tomorrow during Good Morning America!
Digital Spy has an exclusive Behind the Scenes video of Downton Abbey Season 5 featuring Lily.
The snippet is taken from the bonus material on the Downton series five Blu-ray and DVD sets, out today (November 17). In the clip, costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins talks dressing Lily James as Lady Rose and the character’s “flirty” new look.
When Lily James joined the cast of ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey in 2012’s Christmas special, no one could have guessed that she would be its next breakout star, following in the footsteps of Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens.
Fast-forward 2 years and she’s not only the lead in Kenneth Branagh’s live action remake of Cinderella, but she’s also taking on Jane Austen’s popular heroine Elizabeth Bennet, albeit in the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
“Cinderella felt quite ensemble, like Downton,” she says, on the tangible jump she’s made from a cast of 20-plus people to the lead in a film. “It’s such an amazing cast that I didn’t feel like I was bearing the brunt of the movie at all, working with people like Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. I was very intimidated about going on to a big show like Downton, but if you can just get your focus there on the day you can drown out the rest of that stuff. I just approach everything the same way.”
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a British actor, with a new wave of our homegrown talent taking Hollywood by storm. Indeed, two of this year’s most Oscar-worthy films feature English leads: The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and fellow Downton alum, Allen Leech.
“There are so many British actors who I think are incredible and talented who I’d love to work with,” she explains. “There’s a really cool crew of us at the moment. British actors don’t worry about what they look like – they’re uninhibited and less glamorous. It’s nice because there’s no feeling of competition.”
Despite her newfound fame James, has managed to remain somewhat incognito, largely due to the fact that she looks completely different on screen to how she does in real life; a natural brunette with long, straight hair, she couldn’t look more different to aristocratic blonde Lady Rose.
With a new relationship on the horizon with fellow actor Matt Smith, her attitude to fame will surely safeguard her from the paparazzi. “I think I’m quite good at forgetting all the other stuff,” she says. “It’s just a day-to-day thing; it’s a normal job. I definitely don’t court that attention.”
Her sense of style also distances her from Rose; while her on-screen persona favours the boyish fashions of the flapper age, James is a big advocate of women accentuating their curves.
“I think Jennifer Lawrence dresses really well,” she says. “I like women who know how to dress their bodies. I always take pictures from magazines and look at what people wear and who has designed it – I love it.”
So, what does the future hold for the 25-year-old? “I’m desperate to do a play,” she explains. “That’s where I saw myself and I love the stage so much.”
Yet Lady Rose is ever on her mind, despite her career skyrocketing. “I always think about where everyone will be in 10 years’ time on a show like Downton. I think it’s likely that in 10 years Rose will be married and with babies but I’d love it if she was changing the world in her own little way.”