Director Mark Romanek has dropped out of the live adaptation of Cinderella he has working on alongside Disney.
The split from the project is rumored to have been caused by artistic differences. Romanek, the director of films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, envisioned a much darker version of the tale than Disney was willing to allow. We think there are some dark elements on the tale that definitely need to be exposed, but this still has the Disney name attached and will be expected to cater to family audiences, meaning it can’t go it Snow White and the Huntsman territory.
However, the show will go on. Disney is currently looking for another director for the movie and Cate Blanchett is still attached to play the evil stepmother. There have been auditions for the role of Cinderella, but no decision has been announced.
/Film is reporting that Saoirse Ronan (The Host), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie) are the three stars left in the running to star in Mark Romanek’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella, which will be released by Disney.
All three are rumored to test for the leading role, though there’s no word on whether or not they’ll be auditioning with Cate Blanchett, who has already been cast as the evil stepmother.
Here’s the background on each actress:
Ronan has the highest profile of the three within the U.S., thanks to her work on Atonement, The Lovely Bones, and Hanna — the latter of which also starred Blanchett. She’ll next appear in Andrew Niccol’s Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. The downside for Ronan is that she’s so in-demand, she may have trouble fitting Cinderella into her schedule. She recently landed the female lead in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and is attached to lead role in Working Title’s Mary Queen of Scots.
Swedish actress Vikander isn’t as well known as Ronan, but she’s on her way up. She’s currently starring in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, and will star opposite Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes in The Seventh Son.
The British-born Wilde was seen last year in The Three Musketeers, and has just wrapped a key role in Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake.
Some of the world’s most renown designers have come together to give our favorite Disney Princesses a high fashion makeover which will serve as the enhancing holiday displays at Harrod’s, Europe’s largest department store located in London, England.
We all root for the Disney heroes, but what if they weren’t so lucky come the end of the film? What would a Disney villain do to celebrate their victory over all that is good and wholesome?!
Artist and Disney enthusiast Justin Turrentine has given it plenty of thought and released his version of the “happy endings” five old school Disney villains would get if their plans weren’t foiled by the good guys!
Cruella De Vil
Cinderella’s Stepmother and stepsisters
Justin is planning to create even more drawing featuring characters from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and more! We’ll keep you updated as they appear!
I found these interesting art pieces on Deviantart last week. They’re by the fantastic shoomlah, who has recreated the princesses as they would be if they wore costumes reflecting that of the historical time period! I think they’re fabulous! A lot of research must have gone into these, and the outcome is certainly to a high standard and they’re very beautiful pieces of art.
If you liked these, be sure to follow the links and check out even more of the artists gorgeous art. It deserves so much more recognition!
Sometimes I never know where to put an image when it crosses between two of our fandoms, but I think this is brilliant enough to put on both our Hunger Games site and our Disney site.
If you’re a fan of both, I think you’ll appreciate the great lengths this artist went through to draw this up. Look at their hardened faces, too! Notice the change of the mockingjay icon to something less birdlike and more fairylike.
DeviantArt Artist: blastedgoose Download the full-sized image by clicking on the artist name.
The artist, blastedgoose, even put in little explanations for why each duo would be in those districts and for the most part, it works.
District 1 (Luxury) – Aladdin & Jasmine I had to choose characters who represented luxury, at the same time intimidating enough to be Careers. With themes like greed & temptation (Cave of Wonders) and Aladdin’s misguided notion that love be won with power and riches, they seemed to be a good fit.
District 2 (Masonry) – Shang & Mulan Shang and Mulan is the only Disney couple who are both military trained, so it makes sense they belong in the District that specializes in weapons and Capitol soldiers. Also, I can def see them as Careers.
District 3 (Technology) – Milo & Kida Who else imagined Beetee to look like Milo in the books? I did! I know Atlantis isn’t one of the more popular movies, but Milo and Kida fit in so well that I couldn’t leave them out! Plus the movie’s steam punk vibe totally fits the HG!
District 4 (Fishing) – Eric & Ariel Need I say more?
District 5 (Power) – Hercules & Meg Power has a triple meaning here. In the books, it refers to electricity, which goes hand in hand with the God of Thunder’s son. The second meaning is physical power, which Hercules possesses. Thirdly, the movie is all about the power of love, which is what drove Meg to sacrifice her life for Herc, and vice versa.
District 6 (Transportation) – Naveen & Tiana I thought of transportation here in an abstract sense. Of the Disney movies, the Princess and the Frog was the one that focused most on the concept of journey: the literal journey from the town to the Bayou and back, the emotional journey from ambition/greed to love, and the transformational journey from frog to human.
District 7 (Lumber) – Tarzan & Jane I know lumber comes from the forest and Tarzan is set in the jungle but SHUSH! It fits okay???
District 8 (Textile) – Charming & Cinderella Cinderella is basically a story about how a maid snagged a prince because she was wearing a nice outfit. Textiles = cloth = outfit. So there.
District 9 (Grain) – Beast & Belle This was the hardest to place. Beast and Belle fit NONE of the Districts, but they fell into the category of “how angry fans would be if I didn’t include him/her.” I tried to justify it by thinking that grain = seed = rose? Contrived but there you go. By the way… in this world, Beast is a muttation. When he was a child, he was affected by some radiation or whatever, but it only affected his physical appearance so he’s still eligible to compete in the HG.
District 10 (Livestock) – Quasimodo & Esmeralda Nothing too deep…I thought of Esmeralda’s goat and that was enough for me. Why not Phoebus? Because I hate him.
District 11 (Agriculture) – John Smith & Pocahontas Corn!
District 12 (Mining) – “The Prince” & Snow White The dwarfs were miners! Close enough! Oh and here’s some trivia for you. People think Cinderella and Snow White’s princes were both named “Charming” but actually, SW’s prince has never been referred to as such. He’s simply “the Prince.”
I’ve decided to take a poll on this then. Which district would you say the victor would come from? Vote below!
So if you have a good level of dance, you can participate in the parades. Auditionees have to be 18 or above!
“Contract start dates May/June 2012 for a minimum of 4 consecutive months. Housing possibilities. Candidates must resemble one or more of the above profiles, speak English or French and be a minimum of 18 years old. Please bring a non-returnable CV in French or English and a pen. Wear comfortable clothing as you will be asked to participate in a movement/dance combination. Candidates must be available until 6 pm.”
OPEN CALL AUDITION 7th MAY 2012 AT 10 am
Pineapple Dance Studios
7 Langley Street LONDON (opposite Covent Garden tube station)
You can find more auditions for other parks here…
What have you got to lose?
This seemed like a fitting song, given the content of the post!
Okay, this might not be quite for the children, but I couldn’t help but post this because it’s actually a pretty hilarious skit from Saturday Night Live, with guest host, Lindsay Lohan. If you like watching the Real Housewives of (name your favorite city), then you will like this.
Even if you don’t like Real Housewives, I think you might actually find this amusing.