Cate Blanchett, Cinderella, Downton Abbey, Holliday Grainer, Kenneth Branagh, Lily James, Richard Madden, Sophie McShera
Now that the cast of Downton Abbey has practically finished filming Season Four of the award-winning show, what will the cast do to fill their time? Sophie McShera is going to Disney World!!! Well, okay, not exactly going to Disney World but she is about to start filming Disney’s Cinderella.
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Sophie McShera, who plays assistant cook Daisy Mason, is heading above stairs to pay on of the evil step sisters, Drizella. Lily James, who plays the newly introduced Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, will be playing Cinderella in the film.
“It’s very exciting ‘cause I’m going upstairs and Lily’s going downstairs. Tables have turned! I’m gonna be lording it over her. I’m going to be so cruel,” Sophie joked when AccessHollywood.com spoke to her at PBS’ Television Critics Association Summer Tour day last week.”
Kenneth Branagh will be directing the film and Cate Blanchett has been cast at Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother. (Is there really any other kind of stepmother in a Disney film?) Holliday Grainer (Lucrezia Borgia in The Borgias) is playing Anastasia, the other evil step sister of Cinderella’s. And you can’t have the story of Cinderella without Prince Charming. Richard Madden from “Game of Thrones,” will be playing Prince Charming.
“There’s little changes happening now, so I’m not sure where it’s going to go, but it’s the story of Cinderella, we know it and it’s an amazing cast with an outstanding director, so it’s going to be really exciting,” Richard Madden said.
Disney’s Cinderella is expected to be in theaters in 2015.