'Game of Thrones' Star Richard Madden is the Prince in 'Cinderella'
by Ethan Anderton
May 8, 2013
While fantasy fans might know actor Richard Madden better as Robb Stark in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," younger audiences will get a little more familiar with him through Disney's live-action retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella. Just recently "Downton Abbey" star Lily James was cast as the titular princess, joining the long attached Cate Blanchett as her viciously wicked stepmother. As for Madden, Disney has announced the handsome Scottish actor will play the Prince in the new adaptation of the film which is said to be very different from the famous animated version that Disney created in 1950. Read on!
Chris Weitz wrote the script and Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet) is directing after Mark Romanek clashed with the studio over creative differences, largely due to the filmmaker's darker approach. We're anticipating a much more gritty, less fantastical approach to the material, but nothing too stark since it's from Disney after all. The question is just what kind of tale the studio is hoping to tell, and with various versions spanning back centuries, it's hard to tell. Either way, it's clear Disney is landing the best talents for the lead roles as opposed to just big names, but expect some strong supporting cast members announced very soon.