After a bit of a rocky start which saw Mark Romanek leave, with Kenneth Branagh dropping in to to replace him, Disney is soldiering ahead with “Cinderella.” Cate Blanchett has stayed on board as the evil stepmother during the tumult that has also seen a range of names including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde flirt with the title role, with none locking to place. And it seems Disney is continuing the hunt.
Deadline reports that Bella Heathcote, Lily James and Margot Robbie are all testing for the lead, and that “one of them will likely walk away with the title role.” Heathcote might have the most auteur credentials of the trio, having appeared in films by Tim Burton (“Dark Shadows“), David Chase (“Not Fade Away“) and Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly” — scenes cut) across the past year. Meanwhile, James has appeared in “Downton Abbey” as Lady Rose MacClare while Aussie soap star Robbie has been earning tabloid time thanks to appearing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming “The Wolf Of Wall Street” (she was also in the short-lived “Pan Am“).
So, do you like any of these actresses for the lead? Let us know below and we reckon an announcement will be coming soon. “Cinderella” is aiming to shoot this fall.