Cinderella

Disney’s very busy 2015 will begin with one of their most iconic properties. A live-action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is scheduled for release March 13, 2015 and principal photography just began in England. To commemorate the occasion, Disney has released the first official still from the film, of the soon-to-be-princess herself played by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. Check it out below. 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).

Cinderella

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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Like the last couple of TV Bits, this one is also chock full of casting news. Also after the jump:

  • Downton Abbey adds a new series regular
  • Patton Oswalt will stop by Parks & Recreation
  • The Newsroom‘s version of Team Romney expands
  • Michael C. Hall might be done with TV after Dexter
  • Chris Lilley‘s new show starts shooting in Melbourne
  • FX renews The Americans for a second season
  • Are Mindy Project and New Girl moving to Thursdays?
  • Watch four deleted scenes from Game of Thrones
  • … and find out when we’ll get the Season 3 trailer

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