‘Cinderella’ Actress Shortlist Revealed; ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Eyed for Prince Role

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disney cinderella actress shortlist Cinderella Actress Shortlist Revealed; Game of Thrones Actor Eyed for Prince Role

Disney is taking the success of director Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ($1 billion worldwide gross in theaters) and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful ($415 million in less than a month) to heart, which accounts for the Mouse House pushing ahead with more contemporary live-action retellings of beloved fairy tales – beginning with Cinderella, as directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and featuring Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) in the iconic evil stepmother role.

Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables) was rumored to play the famous diamond-in-the-rough princess a few years ago, while Emma Watson (a.k.a. Hermoine in Harry Potter) passed on the opportunity just last month. Hence, Branagh and Disney are testing three other actresses for the role this week, in addition to assembling a list of prime candidates for the male lead (ie. the handsome prince).

The latest report from Deadline reveals that Branagh and Disney are considering lesser-knowns who could put their name on the map by playing Cinderella, much like Mia Wasikowska benefitted from portraying Alice in Burton’s film. So far that list of potential actresses includes Bella Heathcoate (who played dual roles in Burton’s Dark Shadows movie), Lily James (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Downton Abby) and Margot Robbie, a costar on the canceled Pan Am TV show and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Meanwhile, the one actor revealed to be wanted for the prince role so far is Richard Madden, best known for playing Robb “King in the North” Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He would be a fine choice for the role, given his combination of acting chops, built-in fanbase and experience playing royalty (of a sort) in period fare. Not to mention, Madden would be a good match for the prince role in either the more grounded fairy tale context (a la Snow White and the Huntsman) or something comparatively shiny and clean like Jack the Giant Slayer.

Speaking of Jack: director Bryan Singer’s expensive retelling looks to become the biggest financial bomb of 2013. However, Cinderella is quite unlikely to suffer a similar fate, if only because the budget shouldn’t wind up anywhere near Jack‘s $200 million; plus, Branagh is far more in his element here than Singer was on his fairy tale project. Disney heads probably aren’t worried about fairy tale movie fatigue either, seeing how the studio has made that genre its bread and butter for decades now – and should continue to find identical success with its upcoming live-action re-imaginings, like Cinderella and next year’s Maleficent.

Cinderella is expected to begin filming later this year, for a 2014 release. We’ll keep you updated as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. It’s King in the North. Not King of the North. And i’m willing to bet money that Bella gets the job.

  2. Sorry, but no way will a Cinderella remake help put a young unknown on the map. Plus, a find like Mia Wasikowska (Alice) only comes along once in a lifetime.

  3. Oh my god, I wish Hollywood would stop with these s**t fairytale adaptations. All this after its just been announced that Jack and the beanstalk killer is about to lose its studio 150 million due to its awful performance at the box office.
    Alice in wonderland was successful only because it had Johnny Depp and Tim Burton involved, that’s what drew in the crowds, despite the movie being awful. Snow white and the huntsmen, Mirror Mirror, Hansel and Gretal, they’ve all been terrible.

    What next, Jennifer Lawrence has just been cast as Goldilocks and Jack Black as Humpty Dumpty

    • I agree that some fairytale adaptations have been awful, but I thought Jack was decent enough, it was way better than alice or snow white imo. I also thought Oz was pretty entertaining. I’m trying to withhold my skepticism about future fairytale movies. Who knows, one of them might be really good. Maybe even this one.

  4. Margot Robbie… great actress.

    the wife watches Neighbours (aussie soap) and she was in it for a while. cute too.

  5. For me, the bottom line is that there is always room for more good movies. I would only worry about fatigue if the films are failures. Then again, I thought Oz was pretty disappointing, but it is flashy and the box office says that it is a smash.

    As far as Cinderella in particular, though, I am really into the idea because it is kinda Disney’s quintessential fairy tale, I love the castle, and Kenneh Branagh inspires faith in me (loved Thor).

  6. I don’t have an opinion on the 3 actresses, they all seem like they could be a good choice. I do think Richard Madden would make an excellent prince. He is a fantastic actor!