Lily James, the actress who plays feisty flapper Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, is set to play Cinderella in Disney’s live action remake of the classic fairytale.
James, who caused something of a scandal at the end of the period drama’s third series when she donned a flapper dress, danced in a jazz club and embarked on an affair with a married man, will be swapping the high-class dining rooms and sumptous bedrooms of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey for a less luxourious lifestyle as downtrodden orphan Cinderella.
The 24-year-old actress, who’s also appeared in Fast Girls, Wrath of the Titans and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, will be acting alongside Cate Blanchett, who is taking up the role of the evil stepmother.
The casting news was announced by Disney on their official Twitter feed last night:
Just Announced: Actress Lily James (@misslilyjames) will play Cinderella in the live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale.
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