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Of all the film projects Disney could undertake, one you wouldn't think would be so troublesome would be 'Cinderella.' After all, they've already done the definitive animated version. However, their live-action revisionist version has had a rather bumpy ride to the ball. They lost director Mark Romanek during pre-production, over what was said to be disputes about the film's budget. Gallantly stepping in to save the day was Kenneth Branagh. Now that a leader was firmly in place, it was time to cast the titular rags-to-riches icon. Many actresses tried on the slipper, but nothing seemed to fit. Now it appears a winner has been crowned. Lily James ('Downton Abbey') has landed the role. Cinematically, James was last seen in 'Wrath of the Titans.' Cate Blanchett is currently signed on to play the evil stepmother. Production is set to begin this summer ahead of a 2014 release.
Alright, so we finally have ourselves a Cinderella. Does that mean the ship has officially been righted? Perhaps. I think Branagh might actually be a step up from Mark Romanek in the director's chair, which bodes well for darker iteration of this fairy tale. Also, Cate Blanchett is a fantastic choice for the wicked stepmother. She's poised, incredibly talented, and, possibly most importantly, scares the ever-living crap out of me. Thanks, Peter Jackson. As to Lily James winning the role of Cinderella herself, I'm sort of at a loss here. I've seen a few episodes of 'Downton Abbey,' but never made it far enough into the series to get acquainted with Lady Rose MacClare. I suppose one connection between the BBC series and the story of Cinderella is that they both very much deal with class structures and servant life. It's a reach, to be sure, but it is keeping me from dwelling on the fact that I really wanted Emma Watson, who as at one point in talks, to win the part.
What do you guys think? Is Lily James a suitable choice for Cinderella? If not, who would you have chosen?