Hayley Atwell

Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, not Captain America: The First Avenger, but it seems he liked what he saw in one of Steve Rogers’ pals. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel flick, has boarded the cast of Branagh’s Cinderella.

The Brit actress joins a promising cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham CarterRichard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Hit the jump to find out exactly how Atwell fits in.

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On October 24th and 25th, I visited the London set of the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. We’ll have more from that visit at a later time. Right now, the big mouse has given us the go-ahead to publish our on-set roundtable interview with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Read the interview after the jump.

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Stellan Skarsgard

As the star of several Lars Von Trier films, including the upcoming Nymphomaniac, Stellan Skarsgard is no stranger to edgy adult material. But one of his next roles will see him going in a much more family-friendly direction.

The Swedish actor is in talks to join the starry cast of Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action reimaging of the classic fairy tale. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, and Richard Madden are also set to star, with Kenneth Branagh directing. Hit the jump to find out whom Skarsgard is playing.

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Over the past few weeks, movie studios have been hungrily gobbling up prime release dates through the end of the decade. Studios like Sony and Disney have given release dates as far ahead as 2018 to big-time sequels and films with no titles. It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

One of the most exciting studios planting those flags is Marvel Studios. We know their Phase Two will end on May 1, 2015 with The Avengers 2 and Phase Three will start on November 6, 2015 with Ant-Man. Last week, they revealed two new movies will be out May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Now, they’ve added another film to 2016. The new one will arrive on July 6, 2016, to be exact.

Marvel’s parent company, Disney, also dated one of its biggest upcoming films. Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella will now be released March 13, 2015. Read More »

Helena Bonham Carter

Briefly: Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Disney film, Cinderella, has just found its Fairy Godmother. Helena Bonham Carter will play the iconic role helping the title character (Lily James) fall in love with the prince (Richard Madden) in spite of the Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett).

The film has yet to be given a release date, but late 2014, early 2015 seems likely. It was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon). Bonham Carter will next appear in another Disney movie, The Lone Ranger.

Richard Madden Game of Thrones

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.

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