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Disney Wants Kenneth Branagh to Take 'Cinderella' to the Ball

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by Beth Hanna
February 1, 2013 12:49 PM
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Actor-directors are in demand right now.

Kenneth Branagh ("Henry V"), who has been nominated for the Oscar five times as actor, director or writer, is reportedly in talks to helm Disney's new live-action version of "Cinderella." Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go") was previously on board to direct, but that arrangement has since turned back into a pumpkin.

Cate Blanchett is attached as the wicked stepmother, with Saoirse Ronan rumored for the lead role.

This iteration of the classic fairytale has been in the works since 2011 and, according to Vulture, the Mouse House would like to get production rolling by the fall.

Branagh's last directed film to hit theaters was 2011's "Thor." He was nominated for an Oscar last year for his supporting turn as Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn." The Shakespeare veteran is currently directing and acting in Paramount's rebooted Tom Clancy series with "Star Trek" lead Chris Pine as "Jack Ryan," which is due in late 2013.

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