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Casting Watch: Emma Watson In Talks for Disney's 'Cinderella,' Daniel Radcliffe Circling Fox's 'Frankenstein'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 1, 2013 at 1:08PM

Emma Watson is reportedly in early talks to star in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Cinderella," with Kenneth Branagh set to helm. Cate Blanchett is already on board as Cinderella's wicked stepmother.
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Emma Watson
Emma Watson

Emma Watson is reportedly in early talks to star in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Cinderella," with Kenneth Branagh set to helm. Cate Blanchett is already on board as Cinderella's wicked stepmother.

Per Variety, Alicia Vikander ("A Royal Affair"), Imogen Poots ("Need for Speed") and Gabriella Wilde ("The Three Musketeers") were also in consideration for the eponymous lead.

Watson has been busy since the "Harry Potter" franchise concluded. In 2012 she toplined as one of three troubled teens in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," while the 2013 pipeline holds Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." The actress has also finished shooting Darren Aronoksky's Old Testament epic "Noah," Seth Rogen comedy "This is the End," and is attached to depression drama "Your Voice in My Head," adapted from Emma Forrest's memoir.

Meanwhile, Watson's HP co-star Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play ghoulish assistant Igor in Fox's "Frankenstein." Radcliffe, who recently soft-shoed onstage at the Oscars, has been busy in various live productions -- Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Cripple of Inishmaan" in London's West End. He also starred in 2013 Sundance entry "Kill Your Darlings" as young poet Allen Ginsberg. 

While the fictional Igor isn't part of Mary Shelley's horror novel, the hunchbacked role has been a mainstay in various classic monster franchises in movie history. Below, watch the iconic Dwight Frye as Fritz, an iteration of the Igor stock character, in James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein":

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.