Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”), Margot Robbie (“Pan Am”), and Lily James (“Wrath of the Titans”) are all said to be the three finalists testing this week in London for the title role in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action “Cinderella” movie in development at Disney Pictures.
Emma Watson was linked to the role for less than a week recently. Saoirse Ronan, Gabriella Wilde, and Alicia Vikander were all being considered by the previously attached Mark Romanek, but Branagh’s list of actresses skews a bit older.
Once she is locked in, the male lead role of Prince Charming is expected to be cast. Right now though the early front runner is said to be the King of the North himself – “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden.
Cate Blanchett remains attached to play the wicked stepmother. Shooting aims to begin this fall for a potential 2014 release.