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Another Downton Abbey Star Joins Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella As A Wicked Stepsister


Looks as if Kenneth Branagh has found his two evil stepsisters for Cinderella, and one of them will get the chance to torment their Downton Abbey co-star Lily James

Maybe Branagh is looking to score a guest-starring role on the hit British show. Either that, or he just knows talent when he sees it. With James already cast in the lead role of Cinderella in the film, it was time to find the rest of her family.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying Downton star Sophie McShera will likely be one of Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters. It will certainly be a departure for McShera, who plays the ever-sweet Daisy on the series. The actress will join Holliday Grainger to play sisters Drizella and Anastasia, says THR. Grainger is most recently credited for playing Lucrezia on The Borgias.

Cinderella is already populated with Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, playing the prince, and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. We’re still eagerly anticipating what direction the film will take.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anna Banana

    I’m excited! Cinderella is one of my favorite movies and the cast for this live action version looks amazing so far. Just one thing, it’s Drizella with a Z. I normally wouldn’t point it out but people always seem to get her name wrong and call we Drusilla or something

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Hmm, fair point. That’s how THR had it spelled so I assumed that’s how it would be spelled for this version. It’s not on IMDB yet so I can’t know for sure.

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  • Jake Brown

    So we were watching Hamlet like the last week of senior year in english class and There was this scene where they zoomed up dramatically into Kenneth Branagh’s face and right at that moment my friend Courtney’s phone starts blasting the Harry Potter Theme song. greatest moment ever (Kenneth Branagh was Lockhart for those of you who don’t know.)