Disney has recently remade the majority of its classic films as live-action remakes. On the one hand, this is due to intellectual property rights being at stake if these films are not completed within a certain time frame, but on the other hand, as Mr. Dylan stated, “the times they are a-changin'” and the world of cinema has fully embraced live-action, CGI-filled films.

With so many new Disney movies coming out in recent years, let’s take a look at some of the actresses who brought the iconic Disney princesses to life.

Lily James

Lily James had the honor of portraying Cinderella in one of Disney’s first live-action remakes. The actress’s charming demeanor was a perfect match for Cinderella. Emma Watson was initially offered the role, but she preferred to play Belle instead.

Lily James
Lily James

Elle Fanning

While Maleficent wasn’t exactly a princess-centered film, Elle Fanning had no trouble playing princess Aurora alongside Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent. Many other actresses would not have fared as well!

Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning

Liu Yifei

While Mulan isn’t your typical princess, Liu Yifei does an excellent job portraying her.
The actress performs nearly all of the stunt work in the film herself, which adds a lot to the film’s realism.
If you’re going to play a warrior princess, why not be one yourself?

Liu Yifei
Liu Yifei

Anna Kendrick

Into The Woods was the film in which Anna Kendrick took on the role of Cinderella. Anna is no stranger to musicals, so bringing this character to life on the big screen was a breeze for her.

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick

Emma Watson’s

Emma Watson played Belle in the Beauty and the Beast remake. She gave one of the best Disney princess performances ever, reminding us all that true beauty comes from within. Which is probably easy to believe if you resemble Emma Watson.

Emma Watson's
Emma Watson’s

Naomi Scott

Naomi Scott starred as Princess Jasmine in one of the most recent Disney remakes, Aladdin. While this was not Disney’s best work, Naomi Scott’s performance will not be blamed for the film’s mixed reviews.

Naomi Scott
Naomi Scott

Kristen Stewart

Snow White and the Huntsman was not a good film. Certainly not by a long shot. Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, gave it her all to create a more battle-ready Snow White. We can’t really blame the actors for a bad script, so we’re sure Kristen could have done more to make her character stand out.

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
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