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

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."