Lily James of "Downton Abbey" will play Cinderella in Disney's live-action version of the classic tale, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kenneth Branagh will direct, with the evil stepmother played by Cate Blanchett.

James played Lady Rose McClare on Season 3 of "Downton Abbey," and will reportedly be back for the fourth season. James' film experience includes playing Korrina in "Wrath of the Titans."

Emma Watson was supposedly in talks to play Cinderella, but the deal never materialized, said the website.

The Cinderella project began in May 2010 in the wake of the studio's success with "Alice in Wonderland."

You know, perhaps Johnny Depp could play the wicked stepmother. He already has the makeup.

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