Cate Blanchett is introduced as the Wicked Stepmother on the first character poster for Disney's live-action fairy tale adventure Cinderella. Flanking her on each side are Cinderella's evil stepsisters, played by Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera. From the looks of it, Lily James is going to have one hard time dealing with her extended family members, who appear ready and willing to torment the young princess in waiting.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Cinderella follows the story of young Ella whose father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father dies, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind."
In this first character poster, we get a good look at the trio that will be torturing Cinderella. Cate Blanchett looks set to callously rips apart Cinderella's ball dress and forbid her from every leaving the house. But, as in all good fairy tales, we know that a kindly beggar woman will step forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, change Cinderella's life forever. Will we get a Helena Bonham Carter poster next?