Cinderella now has a prince and he happens to be a king of a man. Disney has announced that Richard Madden has been tapped to play Prince Charming in the live adaptation of the fairy tale ‘Cinderella.’
Madden is best known for his role as Robb Stark, King in the North, in the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ and has appeared in the UK series ‘Sirens’ and ‘Hope Springs’ with Alex Kingston (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Arrow’).
Madden will be joining Lily James who will play the titular role and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine.
‘Cinderella’ has had a rocky road so fair in the pre-production phase of its development. Originally pitched back in 2010, this revisionist version of the classic tale was originally written by Aline Brosh McKenna (‘The Devil Wears Prada’) and had Mark Romenek (‘Locke and Key’) attached to direct. Then earlier in the year, Romenek bowed out of the project due to “creative differences” which stemmed from Disney thinking his take on the story was too dark. Kenneth Branaugh (‘Thor’) has now taken over the helming position.
Soon after it was announced that Branaugh was directing, Emma Watson (‘Harry Potter’ franchise, ‘This is the End’) was in talks to take over the role of Cinderella but left to play Belle in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
Now that the main lead roles have been cast, the project should be moving forward rather quickly. Filming is slated to begin sometime in the fall with no release date yet announced.