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Lily James Will Be Cinderella
With Kenneth Branagh directing

30 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Lily James

It's another Downton Abbey actor making the jump from the mansion to the movies! Lily James – perhaps better known as Lady Rose – is set for her biggest role yet, securing the lead in Disney’s new version of Cinderella.

Not much is known about what (if any) changes the new film will make to the traditional story of the poor girl and her wicked stepmother/stepsisters, the handsome Prince Charming and the dance that decides their destinies, but Cate Blanchett is attached to play the evil, calculating stepmother.

The film has been through some creative and casting wobbles already, with Mark Romanek ditching the director’s chair over creative differences and Emma Watson passing on the chance to wear the glass slippers.

James, who has already appeared in the likes of Fast Girls and Wrath Of The Titans, is likely to see her star rise that bit higher if the new fairytale film works, with Kenneth Branagh directing a Chris Weitz/Aline Brosh McKenna script.

Now, with shooting on the film set to start in the autumn for a 2014 release, all Downton fans have to worry about is yet another character getting killed off because the actor’s career is taking them elsewhere.


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