PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Finally Shooting in September With Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote

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I wasn’t expecting to write this piece of news today, especially since I remarked in conversation just a few days ago that I considered this project dead, but it appears the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally happening.  And soon, with shooting due to start this coming September.  The film will star Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote and will be directed by Burr Steers (who has been onboard since Lily Collins came on and fell off) from a script credited to Steers and David O. Russell (who was at one point attached to direct).  Cross Creek Pictures has acquired the domestic rights.

Hopefully this thing will be good.  I imagine that O. Russell was able to do something worthwhile with the script because the project has been attracting (and losing) a lot of talent for a genre mash-up.  Natalie Portman was at one point going to star (she’s still listed as a producer).  After that Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy were bandied about. Then Emma Stone was offered the role before they went to Blake Lively.  None of it stuck.  On the creative front, Mike White took the reigns briefly before Craig Gillespie became attached (and subsequently left).  Buffy writer Marti Noxon took a crack at the script at one point. You get the idea.  Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally heading into production.

Producer Simon Kinberg Says CINDERELLA Is “Very Loyal” to the Original Film and Filled with “Heart, Sweetness, Fun, and Magic”

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The latest in Disney’s series of animated-to-live-action adaptations hits theaters later this month by way of Maleficent, but the studio already has another update of a beloved classic in the can: Cinderella.  The film was in development for years and initially had Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) attached as director, but when he fell off, Disney signed Kenneth Branagh to take the helm.  The cast is led by Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the lead role with Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Game of Thrones’ King of the North Richard Madden as the prince, making for quite a promising pedigree.

While speaking with writer/producer Simon Kinberg in anticipation of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Steve also asked Kinberg about Cinderella, which he produced.  Kinberg described the live-action take as “very loyal” to the 1950 animated film, but also noted that the pic has some twists and changes to keep things interesting.  Read on after the jump.

Filming Begins on Kenneth Branagh’s Live-Action CINDERELLA; First Image and Official Synopsis Released

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Principal photography has begun on Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action version of Cinderella, and Disney has provided a press release containing the first image and official synopsis.  For the most part, it’s the story we all know: nice girl, treated badly by step-mothers and step-sisters, eventually gets to a happily ever after with the prince.  Looking at the synopsis, there are two big changes: she meets the prince in the woods one day without knowing he’s the prince, and “a kindly beggar woman” is probably the fairy godmother considering she’s “armed with a pumpkin and a few mice.”  Because if a beggar woman comes to you with a pumpkin and some mice, she’s clearly going to make your dreams come true.

Hit the jump for the image and the press release.  The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Sophie McShera, Holliday Granger, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, and Stellan SkarsgardCinderella opens March 13, 2015.

DOWNTON ABBEY’s Lily James to Play Title Role in Kenneth Branagh’s Live-Action CINDERELLA

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For the past couple of months, casting has been underway to find an actress for the title character in Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action CinderellaEmma Watson was circling the role, but decided to pass.  Earlier this month, we reported that Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Lily James (Downton Abbey), and Margot Robbie (Pan Am) were in the running for the part.  Today, Disney has announced that the role has gone to James.  There’s currently no word on Branagh’s take on the material, and if he’ll try to go the big, colorful, and expensive route of Disney’s recent fairy tale re-imaginings such as Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful.

As for James, I’ll be interested to see what she’ll do with the role.  Her part on Downton Abbey is fairly one-dimensional (she represents the roaring 20s in conflict with 19th century aristocracy).  She’ll be starring along Cate Blanchett, who will play the evil stepmother.  Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) is currently the frontrunner to play the Prince.  Filming is expected to begin this fall for a 2014 release.

Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie Testing for CINDERELLA Lead; Richard Madden Shortlisted for Prince Role

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Disney is closing in on its titular female lead for Cinderella.  The project suffered a bit of a hiccup when director Mark Romanek exited the film this past January over creative differences.  Kenneth Branagh subsequently stepped in to take the helm, only to see Emma Watson come and go from the lead role in the span of a week.  Cate Blanchett is still set to star as the wicked stepmother, and now Branagh has narrowed down the lead to three actresses.  Hit the jump to find out who’s testing for the lead role and which Game of Thrones actor is being eyed to play the Prince.

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