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Hot Teaser Trailer: Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 11:36am PDT

Here’s our first look at Disney‘s live-action take on Cinderella — well, the first look at her footwear, at least. The new teaser for the Kenneth Branagh-helmed pic starring Lily James as the socially awkward, animal-loving title character is all prisms and Disney-fied musical flourishes, capped off with a metaphorical butterfly. The film co-starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden is set for release March 13. Take a look:

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Actress Holliday Grainger Signs With WME

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 9:59am PST
Mike Fleming

HollidayGraingerEXCLUSIVE: Holliday Grainger has signed with WME for representation. The deal comes as the England native wraps Disney’s Cinderella, in which she plays mean stepsister Anastasia for Kenneth Branagh. Her credits include period pics like Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Anna Karenina and Bel Ami. She’s next up in Lone Scherfig’s Posh. On the TV side, Grainger starred opposite Emile Hirsch in A&E/Lifetime/History’s Bonnie & Clyde two-part miniseries, a ratings hit when it premiered in December. She also played Lucrezia Borgia on Showtime’s The Borgias which ended its three-season run in June. She continues to be repped by LBI Entertainment and Troika in the UK.

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‘Downton Abbey’s’ Sophie McShera Joins Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 5:37pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Cinderella seems to be a good fit for Downton Abbey actresses. First Lily James was named as Cinderella herself in the Disney film, and now Sophie McShera has closed her deal to get on board the Kenneth Branagh-directed pic as one of the evil stepsisters. James played the footloose Lady Rose MacClare on the most recent season of the Brit period drama, and McShera has been one of the ensemble’s main characters as kitchen maid Daisy Mason since Season 1. The actress will now play the role of Noemie in Cinderella, with The Borgias’ Holliday Granger as the other unpleasant stepsibling. McShera is set to start filming on Cinderella in September after finishing up work on Season 4 of Downton in August. Set to be released on March 13, 2015, the live-action film produced by Allison Shearmur, David Barron and Simon Kinberg also stars Cate Blanchett as the vindictive Lady Tremaine and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as Prince Charming. McShera is repped by the Curtis Brown Group in the UK and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management and Ira Schreck in the US.

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Disney Dates ‘Cinderella’ For March 2015

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT

The live-action Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh will be released on March 13, 2015, Disney said today as the studio continues to square away its film slate for the next few years. Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden star in the pic produced by Allison Shearmur, David Barron and Simon Kinberg. Disney also added another Marvel movie to its release schedule, slotting an untitled one for July 8, 2016. It joins two other Marvel untitled pics set for May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.

Related: Disney Release Dates: Two New Marvel Pics, ‘Into The Woods’, More

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TOLDJA! ‘Game Of Thrones’ Richard Madden Cast In ‘Cinderella’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 1:33pm PDT

Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) has been cast as the Prince in Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella. As previously announced, the film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and features Lily James in the title role. Deadline told you back in April that Madden was frontrunner for the prince role. He plays aspiring king Robb Stark, and while he’s fighting for that title as least here he is clearly a prince.

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Lily James Fitted For Glass Slipper In Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

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.

Related: Three Actresses Testing For ‘Cinderella’ Lead

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Three Actresses Testing To See If Glass Slipper Fits For ‘Cinderella’ Lead

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After getting a no from Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson for Cinderella, Disney and director Kenneth Branagh are testing three young actresses this week in London. One of them will likely walk away with the title role. I’m hearing that WME-repped Bella Heathcoate, UTA-repped Lily James and CAA-repped Margot Robbie are testing.

Heathcoate most recently was seen in Dark Shadows and Not Fade Away, while James was in Downton Abbey and Wrath Of The Titans and Robbie was in Pan Am and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Cinderella has Cate Blanchett attached. Read More »

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Mark Romanek Exiting Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Disney and director Mark Romanek are parting ways on Cinderella, the revisionist fairy tale movie that has Cate Blanchett attached to star. It’s all going down now, but I’m told that Romanek and the studio have differing views on how to tell the story. Romanek’s is darker, and it’s too dark for this to turn out to be a fairy tale ending. The studio has a script by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna, and Disney began testing young actresses for the title role late last year, a group that includes Saoirse Ronan. It’s certain they’ll go out to directors quickly, trying to keep on track to get the picture into production by the summer. Simon Kinberg is producing. Romanek, who helmed Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo, has dropped from films before. The helmer, renowned for his commercials and video work, exited The Wolfman again because he had a darker vision than the studio was looking for. In hindsight, that didn’t work out badly at all for him.

Disney just confirmed to me that this is happening, and the studio gave me this statement: “The Walt Disney Studios and Mark Romanek have parted ways on Disney’s Cinderella project. We are committed to moving the project forward and have begun the search for a new director. The team here at Disney respects Mark as both a director and a friend, and we hope to … Read More »

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