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'Downton Abbey' Star Lily James to Become 'Cinderella'

May 1, 2013 (2:09 am) GMT
The 'Wrath of the Titans' actress is set to play the titular character and act alongside Cate Blanchett in Kenneth Branagh's film.
Lily James

Director Kenneth Branagh's search for his Cinderella is over as he taps rising star to be the Disney princess. Disney has announced that the English actress, whose credits include "" and "", will be joining Award-winning actress in the upcoming film.

James is replacing "" actress , who was previously attached to the project, but decided to exit the project earlier this year. Following Watson's departure, several big names were rumored to be considered for the title role, including , , and .

Additionally, the film was intended to be helmed by Mark Romanek, who served behind the lens for 2002's "One Hour Photo" and 2010's "". However, due to creative differences, Romanek left the project, which then saw the arrival of Branagh, who directed "" and "", as its new director.

Blanchett is tapped to play Cinderella's evil stepmother in the new Disney adaptation, which is penned by "" scribe Aline Brosh McKenna. Serving as the producers are Allison Shearmur, David Barron and Simon Kinberg. The film is reportedly due out next year.

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