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The King of the North will now be a Disney Prince. Richard Madden, who plays Rob Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been cast in Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action remake of Cinderella as the Prince. He was rumored to be up for the role in April and now officially joins a cast that includes Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. Read More »

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Briefly: Disney’s live-action retelling of Cinderella has been coming together over the past couple months, with Kenneth Branagh stepping in to direct after Mark Romanek moved on, and Cate Blanchett cast as the wicked stepmother who makes Cinderella’s life a minor hell.

Now, after a report that indicated Disney and Branagh were looking at Bella HeathcoteLily James, and Margot Robbie as possible fits for the glass slipper, Downton Abbey actress Lily James has won the role. There’s relatively little info beyond that — Disney’s press release announcing the casting is a terse two sentences — but we’ll likely hear more soon.  Richard Madden (Robb Stark on Game of Thrones) was floated as one possible choice to play the Prince, and with James cast the producers can figure out who’ll best play opposite her as the romantic lead.

Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) wrote an early version of the script, and the current version was written by Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon).

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Emma Watson may not be interested in playing Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Cinderella, but there are plenty of other actresses who are. Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie are reportedly testing for the role in London this week, and it’s expected that one of the three will land the part.

Meanwhile, the race for the prince role is just getting started, but filmmakers already have a few names in mind. Among them is Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. Cate Blanchett remains on board to play the wicked stepmother. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: Looks like Hermione Granger won’t be the next Disney princess after all. Though Emma Watson was in early talks a few weeks back to take the lead in Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Cinderella, she’s now decided to pass on the project according to Variety’s Marc Graser. It’s not the first big shake-up for the project. Watson’s almost-casting came about after Branagh was brought in to replace Mark Romanek, whose vision was deemed too dark for Disney. Cate Blanchett remains on board to play Cinderella’s evil stepmother.

The cast of Harry Potter went all genre on the final day of February. Mere hours after word broke that Daniel Radcliffe would be joining Frankenstein, Emma Watson was reportedly in early talks to play the lead role of Cinderella in Disney’s live action remake of the property. Kenneth Branagh is attached to direct and Cate Blanchett is the wicked stepmother. Read More »

It wasn’t really a surprise when Mark Romanek moved away from directing Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. The director’s sensibility has never seemed to be much in line with that of any major studio, and his track record with big studio projects didn’t bode well for this one.

Now, a director who is much more able to meld his approach to that of a studio is coming on board: Disney is in talks with Kenneth Branagh to direct Cate Blanchett in the film. Read More »

On October 25th 2012 I found myself sitting in The White Horse pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine run through the misty rain into a financial building. While the sequence in Jack Ryan is supposed to take place in the brand-new financial center in Moscow, Russia (a clue to the film’s antagonist) it was being filmed in Liverpool, England.

Producers have been trying to restart the franchise, based on the character novelist Tom Clancy created in books like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, for nine years. Taking a cue from the recent James Bond films, Jack Ryan is an origin story — a pre-boot set in the now. 9/11 has taken place, and is a huge motivator for our hero. The following is the beginning of what I learned about the film from co-star Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh, fresh from Thor.

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Don’t get your hopes up for something crazy, but Paramount has released the first official still from the Tom Clancy adaptation, Jack Ryan. Starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film is the latest addition into the political thriller series that began in 1990 with The Hunt for Red October starring Alec Baldwin, continued with Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and, most recently, featured Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears.

Jack Ryan opens December 25, 2013. Check out the image below. Read More »

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