Just when I thought I posted about the most iconic Evil Stepmother roles from all of my favorite Cinderella stories I find out about a new one! Shooting has begun for Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella and boys and girls, I could not be more excited. Not to mention the fact that the cast boasts not one but two members of the Downton Abbey cast including Cinderella herself… I can’t… I’m just so overwhelmed.
Lily James (Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey) is pictured above as a re-imagined and adventurous Cinderella and will be joined by Sophie McShera (Daisy Mason in Downton Abbey) as evil stepsister Drizella. Also among this breathtaking cast is Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke & Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. All of this is positively squee-worthy news in my world but it’s all about to be outdone by someone who is sure to be the piece de resistance of the evil stepmother canon. Cate Blanchett will become the hideously foul Lady Tremaine. What can I say but Disney is sure knocking these live action fairytales back like tequila shots on spring break and giving me reasons to stand up on the table and dance. Surely no one can trump Eleanor Audley who brought Lady Tremaine to life as honestly, the first Real Housewife, but if it is going to be done I am so happy that it is in Cate’s very capable shoes.
To read the details check out this article on ScreenRant