Emma Watson recently turned down the role of a fairytale princess, but it appears that three new actresses are in the running to play Cinderella. Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Margot Robbie (Pan Am) are all reading for the famed princes part in Disney’s live action re-imagining, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh. The actresses are testing in London this week.
Cate Blanchett is already attached to the project. The australian actress will play Lady Tremaine, aka the wicked stepmother.
Branagh is focused on casting his lead role presently, but as soon as his Cinderella has been chose the director will swiftly move on to cast his Prince Charming. Whisperings on the grapevine suggest that Richard Madden, who you will know as Robb Stark from HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in the running to play the dashing prince.
If I was a betting man, I’d put a couple of bob on Bella Heathcote. The actress seems to embody the qualities of a Disney princess; I’m sure Disney won’t want to move too far from their classic heroine. That’s what seemed to cause the split between Disney and former attached director, Mark Romanek, who left the project because he wanted to go darker with the film. Branagh will direct from a script by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna.
But whose foot will adorn that glass slipper? More news coming soon.