‘Downtown Abbey’ Star to Play Disney’s Cinderella

by | May 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM | Movies

Actress Lily James (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty)

She’s the most famous fairy tale princess in the world, but Cinderella will soon get a new face courtesy of actress Lily James.

The 24-year-old English actress, best known as Lady Rose McClare on the PBS hit ”Downton Abbey,” has been selected to star as the glass-slippered gal in Disney’s upcoming live-action movie.

James’ “Cinderella” will reportedly be a “re-imagining” of the classic tale — a la “Snow White and the Huntsman” — and is set to be directed by Kenneth Branagh with actress Cate Blanchett attached to play the evil stepmother. No release date has been revealed, but the Mouse House has promised additional details in the coming weeks.

The story of Cinderella was originally published in the 17th century, and has been retold countless times since, but was made iconic by Walt Disney‘s 1950 animated musical classic. The bippity-boppity beauty was then voiced by 19-year-old actress Ilene Woods, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 81.


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