BREAKING: Disney searched as hard for its Cinderella as the fairy tale prince who canvassed the kingdom lugging one glass slipper. Downton Abbey‘s Lily James has been set for the role in the live-action re-imagining the classic tale. Kenneth Branagh is directing, and Cate Blanchett plays the nasty and manipulative stepmother. Allison Shearmur, David Barron and Simon Kinberg are producing.

James is repped by Charles Collier at Tavistock Wood in the UK and UTA in the U.S.

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Paula Newman
2 years
Margot Robbie looks much more like Cinderella than Lily James. I'm disappointed.
Dick Whitman
2 years
You're thinking of Lady Sybil played by Jessica Brown Findlay. Lily James plays the still juvenile Lady...
Dick Whitman
2 years
So funny! But really not a bad idea. I've always pictured Laura Carmichael as having an excellent...