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.
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.