Helena Bonham Carter Becoming Fairy Godmother in New 'Cinderella'
by Ethan Anderton
June 21, 2013
The cast of Walt Disney's new live-action Cinderella is filling out around leading lady Lily James, and a face who has been around Disney quite a bit lately has just signed up. After throwing tantrums in Alice in Wonderland and shooting guns hidden in boots in this summer's The Lone Ranger, Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the new fairy godmother. In addition, a couple other casting updates have surfaced since our last report including Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina) and Sophie McShera ("Downton Abbey") cast as the wretched step-sisters, alongside Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.
Our last update pegged "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden as the prince, so there shouldn't be many major roles left to fill. Kenneth Branagh is directing after Mark Romanek clashed with the studio over creative differences, largely due to the filmmaker's darker approach. The script comes from Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses, The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz. We're still wondering just what kind of tale the studio is hoping to present, and with various versions spanning back centuries, it's hard to tell. At the very least, this sounds like it will be less fantastical and a little more grounded. Sound good?