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Lily James Horseback Riding in First Picture of Disney's 'Cinderella'

September 24, 2013 (1:38 am) GMT
The 'Downton Abbey' actress shows off some skin in her blue dress as she is riding a horse on a field.
Lily James Horseback Riding in First Picture of Disney's 'Cinderella'

A first official look at as rags-to-riches princess in Disney's new live-action take on "" has been released. It shows the "" star on a galloping horse wearing a low-cut blue dress and matching flat shoes.

Production is underway at Pinewood Studios in London and on location around England. James, 24, is joined by as the Prince, as the stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and as the Fairy Godmother.

The stepsisters will be played by and Sophie McShera. is cast as the Arch Grand Duke, Nonso Anozie will take on the role as the Prince's loyal friend, the Captain, and portrays the King.

The fantasy romance film is directed by Kenneth Branagh ("", "", ""), with Chris Weitz ("About a Boy", "") writing the screenplay.

"With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace," Branagh says. was originally attached to play the titular heroine but she bowed out of the project reportedly due to scheduling conflicts.

"Cinderella" is slated to hit U.S. theaters on March 13, 2015.

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