Disney have released a new Cinderella featurette and special New Year’s trailer packed full of spellbinding and spectacular new footage from Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

This is the director’s first big movie since the release of Marvel Studios’ THOR in 2011. He decided not to return for the sequel which was helmed by Game of Thrones and Terminator Genisys’ Alan Taylor.

Cinderella features Downton Abbey’s Lily James as the titular character, with Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) playing Prince Charming, and Cate Blanchett set as her evil stepmother. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, Holiday Grainger, Nonso Anozie and Sophie McShera.

This version of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Finally 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.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods.

Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.”

Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever. Sounds pretty good, eh? Cinderella reaches us next March, so stay tuned for more!