Despite it being one of the most well-known and much-loved of fairytales, it seems Disney’s upcoming Cinderella adaptation has not proved quite so enchanting for its mooted star. Emma Watson has turned down the leading role of the titular princess, only a few weeks after it emerged that she was in talks for the part. The studio had, it seems, been hoping to fast-track production on the film following the massive success of Oz: The Great and Powerful and were aiming for an autumn release date.
Cinderella, along with Guillermo del Toro‘s stewing production of Beauty and the Beast (to which Watson remains attached), are shaping up to mark the next phase of Hollywood’s current fairytale trend. While Beauty ought to bring something darker and edgier to the table, as is wont for any del Toro production, Cinderella certainly has tremendous potential as Kenneth Branagh is at the helm and Cate Blanchett has already signed on to play the villainess. With names like that in the fray, it shouldn’t be too difficult for Disney to find a suitable alternative to Watson. The latter may very well have felt that one fairytale role was enough for the time being, though as has been suggested elsewhere, Cinderella would also have required her to carry a picture largely on her own for the first time.
Watson does have a few interesting months ahead however. She’ll be appearing in Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah alongside Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly, and Anthony Hopkins and will also star in Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring, the first trailer for which recently surfaced. The latter in particular looks promising, not least due to Coppola’s fine track record where quirky stories and female characters are concerned. That one is due to arrive in the US on 14th June, while a UK/European release has yet to be confirmed.
Source: The Playlist