Cinderella Lands Downton Abbey Star Sophie McShera

The British actress will play one of the evil stepsisters alongside Holly Grainger in director Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation.
BYBrian Gallagher | June 11th, 2013
Cinderella Lands Downton Abbey Star Sophie McShera

Sophie McShera joins Cinderella as one of the wicked stepsistersDownton Abbey star Sophie McShera is in talks to play one of the two wicked stepsisters in Disney's live-action Cinderella. We reported just yesterday that Holly Grainger is playing the other stepsister.

Lily James is locked in to play the title character, an orphan who overcomes a ridiculing family to find her true love, with the help of her fairy godmother. Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is playing the prince who Cinderella falls for, with Cate Blanchett playing her wicked stepmother.

Kenneth Branagh is directing from a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, with Simon Kinberg, Alli Shearmur, and David Barron producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin this fall in London.

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