Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell has joined the cast of Cinderella for Walt Disney Pictures and director Kenneth Branagh. The actress revealed the news in a diary for Harper's Bazaar about her hew play, The Pride.

"I am about to start filming Kenneth Branagh's new movie, Cinderella, playing Cinderella's biological mother at the beginning of the story, the embodiment of goodness and maternal love."

The actress joins a cast which includes Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holly Grainger, Sophie McShera and Helena Bonham Carter.

Kenneth Branagh is directing from a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz. Production is currently under way in London.

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