Richard Madden, of 'Game of Thrones' cast as Cinderella's Prince
Richard Madden, who plays "King in the North" Robb Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones," is heir to a new throne -- the role of prince in Disney's live-action re-make of "Cinderella," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Walt Disney Company, which made the 1950 animated classic movie about a beautiful girl who serves as a house servant to her evil stepmother and two stepsisters, has not announced a release date for the new movie.
Madden, a 26-year-old Scottish actor and former lead of the BBC series "Hope Springs," will fit the glass slipper on Lily James, of "Downton Abbey" fame. Her wicked stepmother will be played by Cate Blanchett, according to a recent announcement by Disney. Sir Kenneth Branagh is directing the project.
James, who is also a British actress, played Poppy on the show "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" before she was given the recurring role of Lady Rose MacClare on "Downton Abbey." She also starred in the 2013 movie "Wrath of the Titans."
Emma Watson, who played Hermoine in the "Harry Potter" films, was previously considered for the leading role in "Cinderella," Variety reported several weeks ago. The outlet said Disney is reportedly aiming for a 2014 release date.
Branagh, a five-time Oscar nominated actor/director, helmed several film adaptations of Shakespeare plays such as "Hamlet," "As You Like It" and "Much Ado About Nothing" and also directed the Marvel movie "Thor" and the thriller "Jack Ryan." He may be known to younger audiences as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart from the 2002 movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."