Now that Hollywood is done with Snow White, they’ll be moving on to Cinderella. Vying for the role of “evil stepmother” in the Disney picture will be Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Blanchett is reportedly in negotiations for the new adaptation, which is currently known as the Untitled Cinderella Story. Blanchett would be the first casting addition in the picture directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). Produced by Simon Kinberg (X-Men), the Untitled Cinderella Story started as a pitch and initial script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) back in 2010, followed by a more recent draft by Chris Weitz (About a Boy). Hit the jump for more.
The Wrap reported that Blanchett is in negotiations to join Romanek’s Cinderella adaptation. After the billion-dollar-plus box office of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, the studio was quick to put their other fairy tale properties into development. They picked up the McKenna pitch in 2010 for a reported seven-figure sum but few plot details were dished out. Not long after, Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls) was rumored to be of interest to play the title role, but that front has stayed quiet. After Snow White pictures battled it out recently, Universal then decided to jump into the ring with a Cinderella pic and were negotiating with Chronicles of Narnia scribe Ann Peacock to do a rewrite on the Michael Dougherty script. There hasn’t been any word on that picture in over a year, but perhaps the addition of Blanchett to Disney’s project will stir some news up.
Meanwhile, Blanchett will appear in the upcoming Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as the other films in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. She will also be seen opposite George Clooney in The Monuments Men.