Kenneth Branagh can do it all – Shakespeare, Thor and, new to the resume, a fairy princess. The Belfast native is the director of the new Cinderella, which opens on Friday and should definitely post some big numbers given the built-in audience.
It’s a live re-telling of the classic tale that stars Downton Abbey’s Lily James in the title role, and features Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. Reviews so far seem pretty decent.
So what’s next on the wish list for the Oscar-nominated Branagh? He’d love to try his hand at – wait for it – a horror film.
“I also would like to make a great horror film. That's what I'd like to do,” Branagh recently told an audience of student filmmakers hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think they're incredibly difficult to do. My wife loves horror films and the routine is that she's seen everything, therefore I've seen everything. Everything. I mean all the bad ones. I mean that ones that never make it into a movie theater and all the ones that do.”
Branagh also spoke about his childhood in Northern Ireland before the family relocated to England when he was 11 years old.
“We came from working class Belfast background, but my parents, we lived on a mixed Catholic and Protestant street. My parents always absolutely in-built this idea. You're the same as everybody else. Catholic, Protestant, it's a, you know, it just doesn't matter, and nothing else matters either,” he said.