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Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on the HBO drama, is set to play the Prince in Disney's live-action adaptation of Cinderella. The movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) from a script written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). Madden will join Downton Abbey actress Lily James who is playing the title character, and Cate Blanchett who has perfectly been cast as the villainous stepmother.
It's hard to imagine any of these Game of Thrones actors in a light and fluffy Disney movie, but Madden is a solid actor, who will do a fine job as the Prince in it. I'm curious to see what this movie is going to end up looking like visually. Branagh full heartedly embraced (some say overused) the Dutch angle heavily used in comics when making Thor. It will be interesting to see what »
- Joey Paur
Actor who portrays Robb Stark in hit TV series will play opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action version of the classic folk tale
Disney's big budget, live-action take on Cinderella appears to be following in the footsteps of Tim Burton's $1bn Alice in Wonderland fantasy as director Kenneth Branagh puts together a mostly British cast. With Downton Abbey's Lily James already cast in the title role, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones' Richard Madden will play her prince.
Madden, who plays Robb Stark in the highly-rated HBO fantasy series, will take the role which, as tradition demanded, was named Prince Charming in the 1950 Disney animated version of the tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked stepmother.
- Ben Child
Update: Prince Charming is already sitting on a throne, at least a "Game of Thrones." Richard Madden, who stars on the HBO series, will play the persistent prince determined to find the mysterious girl he falls for at the ball.
April 30, 2013 - Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
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• He might be King of the North to some, but Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden (he plays Robb Stark on the HBO series) is about to reach a whole new demographic when he takes on the role of Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Downton Abbey’s Lily James will play the title role in the Kenneth Branagh-directed film, with Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. With a script from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), we’re starting to get excited to see what Branagh does with the film, and to finally see »
- Lindsey Bahr
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
"Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) has been cast as the Prince in Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella. As previously announced, the film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and features Lily James in the title role."
Richard Madden is best known for playing Robb Stark on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He also stars in director Patrice Leconte's upcoming World War II drama A Promise, alongside Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman.
Richard Madden, or as most probably know him, Robb Stark in HBO's "Game of Thrones" has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney's live-action adaptation of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor). Madden joins Lily James ("Downton Abbey") who will play the title character alongside Cate Blanchettas the wicked stepmother. The script was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses) and Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) and while an official release date has yet to be announced, a 2014 release is expected. »
- Brad Brevet
He’s had a hard time of it being the King of the North on Game Of Thrones, so perhaps Robb Stark – aka as actor Richard Madden – will have a better time of it as a prince. Kenneth Branagh and Disney certainly think so, as he’ll play the Prince in the new, live-action Cinderella.Downton Abbey’s Lily James is already aboard as the titular girl who becomes a princess for a night, and Cate Blanchett has been attached for a while to play her wicked stepmother.We don’t yet know what tweaks the script (currently credited to Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz) will make to the original fairy tale story, but we do know the film has already lost one director in Mark Romanek, who departed over creative differences. Still, Branagh definitely has the chops to bring this one in with style.Madden has previously appeared »
Richard Madden has boarded the film directed by Kenneth Branagh as Prince Charming. He joins Lily James who was recently cast in the title role, as well as Cate Blanchett who plays the wicked stepmother. Madden of course plays Robb Stark in the astounding Game of Thrones via HBO. He's in post-production phase on Patrice Leconte's A Promise opposite Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman. Previous TV credits include Hope Springs, Sirens and Birdsong. Aline Brosh McKenna scripts alongside Chris Weitz. Cinderella is being produced by David Barron and Simon Kinberg. Barry H. Waldman serves as executive producer. »
Actor who plays Lady Rose MacClare in the hit TV series to take lead in the Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action version of the fairytale
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.
- Ben Child
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, »
Disney has announced that Downton Abbey actress Lily James has been cast as Cinderella in Disney's upcoming live-action re-imagining of the classic fairytale. The film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and James will join Cate Blanchett who was previously cast in the role of the evil manipulative stepmother.
Emma Watson was considered for the role at one point, but she ended up not taking it. I think James seems like the perfect young actress for the role. The script for the film was written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
There's some solid talent attached to this project, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. The studio is also developing a live action version of Beauty and the Beast, which is being written by Trance scribe Joe Ahearne.
Do you think James is a good choice to play Cinderella? »
- Joey Paur
A Downton Abbey star is joining Cate Blanchett in Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. Lily James, who plays Lady Rose MacClare in the PBS smash hit, will play the fairy tale princess in the 2014 upgrade, which will be directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Blanchett is set to play the evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, while Richard Madden is rumored to be playing Prince Charming in the film. The Cinderella screenplay will be credited to Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy). That’s reason enough to get excited, but pairing Branagh with Blanchett and a powerful newcomer like James makes this a must-see for families. James’ credits outside of Downton Abbey include...
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Disney announced today "Downton Abbey" and Wrath of the Titans actress Lily James will play the title role in their new live-action adaptation Cinderella with Kenneth Branagh (Thor) directing and Cate Blanchett already aboard to star as Cinderella's evil stepmother. The announcement was short, but did add that additional announcements regarding Cinderella are expected in the coming weeks. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) was originally attached to direct, but fell out over a want to create a darker film than Disney desired. The script was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses) and Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) and while an official release date has yet to be announced, a 2014 release is expected. »
- Brad Brevet
"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."
Back in November 2012, actresses Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, and Gabriella Wilde were in contention for the role, but offers were never made. Then, in February, Emma Watson was offered the role, although she passed just a few weeks later.
Though she came in last in our readers' poll for who should play Disney's new Cinderella, emerging ingénue Lily James has come out on top to snatch the coveted role. Walt Disney Studios has proudly announced their newly appointed princess in a press release, promising more casting notices will follow soon. James appeared in the fantasy adventure Wrath of the Titans, but is likely best recognized as Lady Rose MacClare, the jaunty jazz baby of Downton Abbey 's third season. With the widely acclaimed and wildly popular series prepping for its fourth season.one in which Lady Rose seems primed to play a major role.and Cinderella, 2014 is looking like it could be a defining time in James' career. With a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy), Cinderella should offer an intriguing and spirited new take on the classic tale. »
The “Downton Abbey” actress will star in the Mouse’s upcoming live-action version of the classic fairy tale that Kenneth Branagh will direct, based on a script by Chris Weitz and a pitch by Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”). Cate Blanchett co-stars as the evil stepmother.
Emma Watson had been considered for the role, but a deal could not be worked out.
“Cinderella” is the latest fairy tale Disney is getting into the megaplex after Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and Angelina Jolie vehicle “Maleficent,” based on “Sleeping Beauty’s” villainess. Studio also is developing a live action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with “Trance”-scribe Joe Ahearne writing the script.
Studio hopes »
- Marc Graser
Disney has found someone to wear the magic slipper. Lily James (Downton Abbey) will star as Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of the classic tale. Kenneth Branagh will direct, with Cate Blanchett playing the evil stepmother. Emma Watson was previously in talks to star as the famous princess, but a deal never closed. The Cinderella project was first set up at Disney in May 2010 in the wake of the studio’s success with Alice in Wonderland, the live-action adaptation of the Lewis C. Carroll book that starred Johnny Depp. Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna wrote
- Rebecca Ford
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. Aline Brosh McKenna ( 27 Dresses , The Devil Wears Prada ) and Chris Weitz wrote the film. While most people know the story from Disney's 1950 animated classic, there are variations going back as far as the 1st century BC. (Photo Credit: Simon Burchell/WENN.com) »
Jamie Foxx is looking to join director Will Gluck's big screen musical adaptation of Annie. The actor is now in talks to play the Daddy Warbucks character who has been renamed Benjamin Stacks -- and yes, his name literally means stacks of $100 bills. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the name change.
If cast, he'll join Quvenzhané Wallis who was already cast in the title role. Will Smith and Jay Z are producing the film, the script for which was written by Emma Thompson and later rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna.
The story will be set in modern day and follow the adventures of little orphan Annie as she tries to find a family to call her own. She ends up being adopted by a billionaire.
- Joey Paur
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