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'Downton Abbey' Star Lily James Cast As Cinderella

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Downton Abbey star Lily James has been cast as Cinderella. James will star in the Disney live-action movie directed by Kenneth Branagh.

James was chosen amongst a short list of actors including Bella Heathcote and Margot Robbie. The part was originally intended for Emma Watson, before she dropped out of consideration in March.

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Cinderella will also reportedly star Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.

James has also starred in Wrath of the Titans.

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The film does not yet have a release date.