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Cinderella (2021 film)


Official release poster
Directed byKay Cannon
Written byKay Cannon[1]
Based on"Cinderella"
by Charles Perrault
Produced by
CinematographyHenry Braham
Edited byStacey Schroeder
Music by
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • September 3, 2021 (2021-09-03)
Running time
113 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Cinderella is a 2021 romantic musical film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault. Written and directed by Kay Cannon, it stars singer Camila Cabello as the title character in her acting debut, alongside Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. It is a jukebox musical, featuring pop and rock hits, in addition to several original songs.[2]

Development on the film began in April 2019, when Columbia Pictures announced a musical-style film of Cinderella, with Cannon writing and directing. The film was produced by James Corden, through Fulwell 73 with Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh. Principal photography began in February 2020 at Pinewood Studios, and was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in August 2020 and concluded in September 2020.

Cinderella was released in select theaters and digitally on Amazon Prime Video on September 3, 2021.[3] The film received mixed reviews from critics.


Cinderella is an ambitious young woman who wants to establish her shop "Dresses by Ella" one day in her patriarchal society. She catches the eye of Prince Robert in the guard-changing ceremony. The next day, the Prince, dressed as a commoner, goes to the market, where he finds Ella trying to sell her dress, and buys it from her. He later invites her to the ball being held two weeks later, with the promise of introducing her to various people from the world to sell her dresses to.

When the day arrives, Ella is getting ready when her stepmother, Vivian throws ink on her dress and tells her that only her stepsisters, Malvolia and Narissa can attend as eligible candidates, like Thomas, the vegetable merchant has already confirmed his desire for Ella's hand. Ella is sad, but her Fabulous Godmother magically appears and dresses her in a design of Ella's, with glass shoes, and turns mice into footmen and a crate into a carriage. Ella goes to the ball and meets a visiting queen, who offers to take her around the world as a dressmaker for her and asks to meet her the next day in the market square. Later the Prince finds Ella, shows his sister wearing the gown he bought from Ella previously and proposes to Ella. Ella refuses, however, as she wants to start her career. At the stroke of midnight, she leaves the hall after throwing her shoe at one of the King's attendants, who tries to catch her.

The next day, Vivian, knowing the truth that her stepdaughter is the mystery princess, tries to convince Ella to marry the Prince. When Ella refuses, Vivian gives her to Thomas. The Prince's mother, Queen Beatrice, helps his father, King Rowan, understand that it will be right to let the Prince marry a commoner. The Prince keeps searching for Ella and finds her running in the forest after she escapes from Thomas. They confess their love to each other as Ella and her prince kiss each other and reach the market in time to show her benefactor her designs, who accepts them and asks Ella to travel with her.

The Prince introduces Ella to the King and Queen and informs them of their decision to travel the world. The Prince knows this will ruin the plan for his future ascension to the throne, but the Queen smiles as the King proudly declare that their daughter, Princess Gwen (who has repeatedly shown an interest and ability in affairs of state), will now be first in line to the throne. Citizens of the kingdom gather to witness the ceremony announcing the Princess' position and that the Prince and Ella are in love.


In addition James Acaster, James Corden and Romesh Ranganathan voice the mice and appear as the transformed footmen.


In April 2019, Columbia Pictures announced a musical retelling of "Cinderella", with Kay Cannon writing and directing.[4] The idea to reinterpret "Cinderella" came from James Corden, who produced the film through Fulwell 73 with Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh.[5]

In April 2019, Camila Cabello was attached in the role of Cinderella.[5] In October 2019, it was announced that talks were underway with Idina Menzel as Cinderella's stepmother,[6] and Billy Porter for the role of fairy godparent.[7] In December 2019, Nicholas Galitzine was added to the cast as Prince Robert.[8]

Principal photography began in February 2020[9] at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.[10] Filming was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] Production resumed in August 2020[11] and concluded in September.[12]

Cinderella's carriage was designed to promote Mercedes Benz.[13]


Cinderella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Standard edition cover.
The deluxe and digital cover features the same image, except with no bottom caption.
Soundtrack album by
Cinderella Original Motion Picture Cast
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2021 (2021-09-03)

In April 2019, it was announced that Camila Cabello was working on the music for the film.[5] In October, 2020, Idina Menzel confirmed that "[she and Camila] both have original songs as well."[14] On August 2, 2021, it was announced by the director that the soundtrack would be released digitally on September 3, 2021.[15][16]

The soundtrack was released by Epic Records in the United States, Columbia Records in the United Kingdom,[17] and Sony Music Entertainment labels globally. "Million to One", performed by Camila Cabello, was released on July 21, 2021, as the first promotional single of the soundtrack.[18] "Somebody to Love", performed by Nicholas Galitzine, was released on August 3, 2021[19] as an instant grant second promotional single, along with the pre-order for the album.[20]

Track listing

Standard edition
1."Rhythm Nation / You Gotta Be" (Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and cast)4:37
2."Million to One" (Camila Cabello)
3."The New Barry" (Ben Bailey Smith)
4."Somebody to Love" (Nicholas Galitzine and cast)Freddie Mercury
5."Material Girl" (Idina Menzel and cast)
6."Am I Wrong" (Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel and cast)
7."Million to One (Reprise)" (Camila Cabello)
  • Cabello
  • Harris
8."Shining Star" (Billy Porter and cast)
9."Whatta Man / Seven Nation Army" (Nicholas Galitzine and cast)
10."Perfect" (Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine)Ed Sheeran
11."Dream Girl" (Idina Menzel and cast)
  • Menzel
  • Laura Veltz
12."Million to One / Could Have Been Me (Reprise)" (Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine)
13."Let's Get Loud" (Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel and cast)
14."Score Suite" (Mychael Danna and Jessica Weiss)
  • Danna
  • Weiss
Total length:46:09
Deluxe edition
6."Shot at the Crown" (Ben Bailey Smith)
  • Cannon
  • Harrison
7."Am I Wrong" (Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel and cast)
  • Larsen
  • Dery
  • Jallow
  • Sereba
8."Million to One (Reprise)" (Camila Cabello)
  • Cabello
  • Harris
9."Shining Star" (Billy Porter and cast)
  • Bailey
  • Dunn
  • Maurice White
10."Whatta Man / Seven Nation Army" (Nicholas Galitzine and cast)
  • Crawford
  • Azor
  • James
  • Jack White
11."Perfect" (Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine)Sheeran
12."Perfect (Reprise)" (Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine)Sheeran
13."Dream Girl" (Idina Menzel and cast)
  • Menzel
  • Veltz
  • Preven
  • Fair
  • Stadi
14."Shoe Made of Glass" (Ben Bailey Smith)
  • Cannon
  • Harrison
  • Karp
15."Million to One / Could Have Been Me (Reprise)" (Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine)
  • Cabello
  • Harris
  • Parkhouse
  • Slack
  • Spiller
  • Tizzard
  • Wilkinson
16."Let's Get Loud" (Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel and cast)
  • Estefan
  • Santander
17."Million to One (Remix)" (Camila Cabello)
  • Cabello
  • Harris
18."Dream Girl (Nile Rodgers Remix)" (Idina Menzel and cast)
  • Menzel
  • Veltz
  • Preven
  • Fair
  • Stadi
19."Score Suite" (Mychael Danna and Jessica Weiss)
  • Danna
  • Weiss
Total length:56:42


  • ^[a] indicates an arranger
  • ^[b] indicates a miscellaneous producer
  • ^[c] indicates a vocal producer


As part of the film's marketing, Amazon Prime Video partnered with Mercedes-Benz in August 2021.[21] On August 9, Japanese shoes brand Onitsuka Tiger announced the release of a limited edition sneakers created in collaboration with Cinderella.[22] On August 11, hair brand John Frieda announced a collaboration with Cinderella.[23]


Cinderella was released in select theaters and digitally on Amazon Prime Video on September 3, 2021.[3][24] It had a premiere event on August 30, 2021, at Greek Theatre, L.A.[25][26]

In June 2019, Sony scheduled the film for release February 5, 2021.[27] In January 2021, the release date was pushed back to July 16, 2021.[28] In May 2021, Sony cancelled the film's theatrical debut and announced that the film had been bought by Amazon Studios except China, Sony would also retain home entertainment and linear television rights to the film.[29][30]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 43% based on 86 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "This singalong-worthy Cinderella sprinkles some modern fairy dust on the oft-told tale, but flat performances and clunky dialogue make watching often feel like a chore."[31] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[32]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and praised Cabello for her performance, saying "she has a real knack for comedy" and described the film as having an "upbeat, breezy and sentimental style, laced with some sharp humor and filled with familiar and catchy pop tunes refashioned to fit the storyline."[33] Courtney Howard of Variety called it a "mediocre musical" and despite some praise for the innovation was critical of many of the creative choices, the inconsistent pacing, the character development, and said it felt both "underdeveloped and overstuffed" at the same time.[2]


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  12. ^ Cannon, Kay (September 29, 2020). "SAP POST: Tonight we wrapped our main unit on @cinderellamovieofficial. I just CANNOT express my love & gratitude enough to the cast & crew who helped finish this movie during a pandemic. It's not easy to pretend we're back to normal when we're not. A million thanks for all of your hard work & endless hours of mask wearing. Honestly, there's a few of you that I couldn't pick out of a lineup. Mostly, thank you for all the sacrifices you made so that we could film our jokes & songs... safely. We did it! I am filled with pride. I will never forget you nor this experience. I am forever changed. ❤️". Instagram. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
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  15. ^ Kay Cannon [@KayKayCannon] (August 2, 2021). "So proud of our soundtrack. Please note a correction: The hilarious @JamesAcastor stars alongside @JKCorden & @RomeshRanga, playing one of the three footmen/mice" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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