The final piece has been found for Disney‘s live-action Cinderella, their princess. A role rumored have once gone to Emma Watson has been snagged by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. The news came in this very short press release from Disney which simply stated,
Actress Lily James (Downton Abbey) has been cast as Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale. The film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and stars Cate Blanchett as the iconic evil stepmother.
Additional announcements regarding Cinderella are expected in the coming weeks.
I’m going to guess one of those other expected announcements is who will play Prince Charming. Current frontrunner is Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden, a decision of which I highly approve. Kenneth Branagh is directing, and Cate Blanchet has been attached as the evil step-mother for ages.
James plays the fiesty and free-spirited niece of Lord Grantham on Downton, so having her scrub floors and be bullied by her step-sisters will be a change of pace. One I’m happy to see her tackle. Do you think James is the right choice to fill that glass slipper?