Downton's Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter star in new Cinderella character posters

The gorgeous colour palette for the upcoming Cinderella is even more pronounced in these newly released character posters - with Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett both taking centre stage, as Helena's Fairy Godmother looks the picture of goodness and light, while Cate stands alongside her daughters, Cinderella's step-sisters, looking marvellously evil.


In their joint poster, Cinderella - called Ella here in a modern update and played by Downton Abbey's Lily James - and Prince Charming (Game of Thrones Richard Madden) gaze lovingly into each other's eyes.


The first trailer for the hotly anticipated film, directed by Brit Kenneth Branagh, was released several weeks ago and showed us that although this is a tale as old as time, the inclusion of Helena Bonham Carter as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and Cate Blanchett as Cinderella's evil step-mother looks set to make this one of 2015's best films.

Helena's Fairy Godmother appears to have the best lines, as Cinderella exclaims of her new shoes : "They're made of glass?" before the Fairy Godmother replies: "And you'll find they're really comfortable", and then adds the classic Cinderella line: "Now, you shall go to the ball."

Cinderella is out in the UK on 27 March.