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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 1, 2013 at 12:49PM

Actor-directors are in demand right now.
Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

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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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.