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Emma Watson Eying a Role in 'Cinderella'

March 1, 2013 (8:05 am) GMT
The Hermione Granger of 'Harry Potter' film franchise is in early talks to star in Disney's live-action film, 'Cinderella'.
Emma Watson

reportedly will star in Disney's "" as she is now in early negotiations to bring the pauper-turned-princess character into live-action movie. Replacing Mark Romanek, is on board to direct the project based on Chris Weitz's screenplay.

Previously, the studio had also considered (""), ("") and ("") to play the leading role. Meanwhile is already on board to play the wicked stepmother.

Disney hopes to start filming the movie produced by Simon Kinberg sometimes around this fall in London for a possible 2014 release. "Cinderella" will mark the studio's latest live-action adaptation of children tales after Tim Burton's "", Sam Raimi's "", 's "" which is inspired by "Sleeping Beauty".

This is not the first time Watson is considered to play Cinderella. Back in 2009, she was going to play the character in a drama musical planned on writing and directing.

Since "Harry Potter" finished its run at the megaplex, the Hermione Granger in the movie series adapted from J.K. Rowling's novels has been busy with other projects. She received rave reviews for her performance in "". She will also be featured in "", "" and "" which is due in 2014.

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