Director: Kenneth Branagh is a strong filmmaker, from “Dead Again” to Shakespeare to “Thor.” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” was not his finest hour. So he may be ready to redeem himself with something really good. There’s more leeway with fairy tale family fare.
Producers: Alison Shearmur (ex-studio executive), David Barron (“Harry Potter”production manager) and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men” writer-producer) have solid mainstream studio credits.
Cast: Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) are strong as the two romantic leads, while we can’t complain about Wicked Stepmother Cate Blanchett or Fairy Godmother Helena Bonham Carter, who can handle anything.
Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna is a veteran studio screenwriter, from “The Devil Wears Prada” to “We Bought a Zoo.” But it’s always tough to know who did what; Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “Golden Compass”) also worked on this, and who knows who else?
Check out the new trailer that came out today.