EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Screenwriter Chris Weitz Talks 'Cinderella' and 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Thursday, 12 March 2015 20:21
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Opening in theaters on March 13th is the new fairy tale adaptation Cinderella, which was written by Academy Award-nominee Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn). The film stars Lily James (TV's Downton Abbey) in the title role, as well as Richard Madden (HBO's Game of Thrones) as the Prince, Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) as the Fairy Godmother, and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) as the Stepmother. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with screenwriter Chris Weitz to talk about his work on Cinderella, as well as his upcoming highly anticipated project - Star Wars: Rogue One. The Oscar-nominated writer discussed Cinderella, working with director Kenneth Branagh, drawing on other interpretations of the classic story for influence, the origin of Cinderella's name, retelling the fairy tale for a modern generation, making Cinderella and the Prince equals, Star Wars: Rogue One, and how it feels as a writer to be given the keys to George Lucas' kingdom.

To watch our exclusive interview with Chris Weitz about Cinderella and Star Wars: Rogue One, please click on the video player above. 


When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella (James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Blanchett) and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods (Madden) and her fairy Godmother (Carter). 

Cinderella opens in theaters on March 13th. 

To read our exclusive interview with director Kenneth Branagh about Cinderella, please click here

To read our interview with Lily James about Cinderella, please click here

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