Actress Emma Watson is in very early talks to take on the role of Cinderella for Disney.
We had learned late last month that Kenneth Branagh replaced Mark Romanek as director. The film’s script is by Chris Weitz. Cinderella has already cast Cate Blanchett in the role of the Evil Stepmother.
Disney wants to begin shooting this fall and release next year. It’s the latest in a line of live action fairytales: Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful (out next month), and Maleficent (out March 2014) have been highly publicized and so far successful.
Those who’ve been following Watson’s career know she is already attached to play Belle in a live action Beauty and the Beast directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The actress had said in a recent interview that they’d shoot this year. If that’s still the case, she’ll have a busy several months portraying princesses.
Watson can next be seen in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which we learned today will hit theaters this June.
Can you see Watson in the role of Cinderella? Remember that talks are very early at this point (Watson is not the first actress Disney went to for this role and may not be the last), so don’t get too excited just yet. With that said, we think she has the looks and the charm to make a perfect Disney princess. We just can’t imagine seeing her as both Belle and Cinderella unless their releases were spread wide enough apart.
Branagh played Professor Lockhart in the Harry Potter films. Watson played Hermione Granger. Their previous professional relationship may help this deal come together ever so slightly.