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Helena Bonham Carter to Play Around With Good Magic This Time As Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

This is just like magic!

Well now. This is some unexpected casting. But also really cool. Helena Bonham Carter has signed on to play the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action version of Cinderella.

Bring on the slightly creepy fairy godmother. Technically speaking she spies on Cinderella, which is a little weird, and the whole turning a horse and a dog into men aspect of the story has some disturbing things to say about the nature of humanity. How did I not see this before?!

In addition, writes The Hollywood Reporter:

The fairy godmother will be getting more screen time in this version than in Disney’s classic animated movie, with the character disguised as an old beggar who watches over Cinderella before revealing herself as the magical being she truly is.

If you’d asked me earlier which role I thought Bonham Carter would be most likely to play in a hypothetical live-action Cinderella, I’d have said the evil stepmother, a role that’s instead being played by Cate Blanchett (bow down). Having her be the fairy godmother instead is some interesting casting, and God knows I’m a sucker for that.

To recap the rest of the cast: Lily James (Downton Abbey) will be Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) will be Prince Charming, and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) will be the evil stepsisters.

What do you say? Are you looking forward to this movie because of the talent involved, or is the fact that it’s Disney doing another live-action remake of one of their classic animated films, à la Alice in Wonderland, throwing you off?

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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