Annie Leibovitz casts her own magic over Disney’s finest moments

Penelope Cruz as Belle in the arms of Jeff Bridge's Beast

Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has unveiled her three new additions to her series of Disney Dreams portraits for Disney Parks. The gorgeously staged pieces feature Jeff Bridges and Penelope Cruz as Beauty and the Beast, Oliva Wilde as the evil Queen from Snow White alongside Alec Baldwin as the Magic Mirror and Queen Latifah as the villainous Ursula from The Little Mermaid. 
 

Olivia Wilde is the Wicked Queen taunted by Alec Baldwin as her Magic Mirror

Queen Latifah governs the elements as sea queen Ursula

 Her spell-binding images join a collection of work which Disney first commissioned in 2007 and depicts a host of A-list actors, singers, models and dancers taking on the guise of some of our most beloved Disney characters including Whoopie Goldberg as the Genie from Aladin, Rachael Weisz as Snow White, Julianne Moore as Ariel, Scarlett Johansen as Cinderella, Jessica Biel as Pocahontas and David Beckham as Prince Phillipe. 

while Julianne Moore glistens as Ariel

Rachael Weisz as Snow White

Leibovitz is no stranger to capturing famous faces. She began her career with Rolling Stone, (where she was made chief photographer after two years) photographing music legends like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and Bob Marley. She also captured the iconic image of John Lennon several hours before he was shot outside his hotel. The image was used as the front cover of the issue commemorating his death and was voted the Best Magazine Cover of the preceding 40 years

Mikhail Baryshnikov plays Peter Pan as he tries to entice Gisele Bundchen’s Wendy to Never Never Land, with Tina Fey as Tinkerbell

Julie Andrew's is the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio with apprentice Abigail Brestin

She went on to become the first contributing photographer to Vanity Fair and became known for her theatrically staged, wildly lit and provocative portraits of celebrities, including the front cover image of a nude, pregnant Demi Moore and Whoopie Goldberg submerged in a bath tub of milk. 

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony soar through the Arabian Nights as Jasmin and Aladin

 
Her work has also appeared in Vogue, for which she produced an amazing series of Alice in Wonderland inspired images featuring Kiera Knightely, New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. You’d be hard pressed to find any Hollywood personality who hasn’t been the subject of her lens; Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just a few.
 
Scarlett Johanson flees the ball as Cinderella
 While her black and white intimate portraits are certainly her most powerful, there’s something about Leibovitz’s Disney pieces that I find utterly captivating. Beyond the fact that they are beautiful staged and captured, I think they pull me back to the dreamlike, fantasy world Disney created for me as a child yet are shot through with a dramatic, artistic edge that really is stunning to observe.

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A re-imaging of fairy tales for grownups with a contemporary twist: what’s not to love?