Kenneth Branagh and Disney have obviously been watching a lot of Downton Abbey, as he’s already cast Lily James in the title role of his live action take on Cinderella, and now they’ve got another star of the series in talks for the film, Sophie McShera.
Just yesterday we reported that Holly Grainger was set to play one of the evil stepsister, and now THR says McShera will play the other one..
Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is playing the prince who Cinderella falls for, with Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother. But while the cast is coming together, there’s still no news on whether Disney is planning a revamp of the traditional story to make Cinderella more of a modern female.
Kenneth Branagh is directing from a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz. Shooting is scheduled to begin this autumn in London.