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Published On: Fri, May 3rd, 2013

‘Downton Abbey’ star Lily James cast as lead in Kenneth Branagh directed ‘Cinderella’ film

Harry Potter star Emma Watson passed on Kenneth Branagh’s helmed live-action Cinderella, but the Thor director appears to have found his lead actress.

The Guardian detailed the casting of Downton Abbey star Lily James as the titular character in a Wednesday article.

Lily James will be 'Cinderella' in the 2014 live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale

Lily James will be ‘Cinderella’ in the 2014 live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale

Beating out Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Margot Robbie (Pan Am), Disney confirmed the lead role went to James.

As the article states: “The film is the latest in a series of live action Disney fantasies which began in 2010 with the enormous box office success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and continued earlier this year with Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Branagh finds his way into the director’s chair following his impressive stewardship of superhero movie Thor in 2011 for Disney-owned Marvel Studios.”

Cate Blanchett is set to star as the evil stepmother.

James played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans and as sprinter Lisa in the Noel Clarke-directed athletics drama Fast Girls in 2012.

Filming is expected to begin this fall for a 2014 release.

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    […] The May 8 announcement by Disney says Madden will play the Prince. Thor director Kenneth Branagh helms the film which stars wicked stepmother and features Lily James in the title role. […]

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