Disney’s search for the title character in their upcoming adaptation of Cinderella has now come to an end. While actresses such as Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan have been rumored for the role, it was announced this week that Lily James will appear as the iconic princess in the upcoming live-action film.
James is perhaps best known to American audiences for her recent role as Lady Rose MacClare on Downton Abbey. Her other work includes roles in Wrath of the Titans, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and Fast Girls.
Disney’s Cinderella will be a live-action remake directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor). Cate Blanchett will co-star as Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, but no other roles have yet been officially cast. The film is currently scheduled for release in 2014.