Stellan Skarsgard to Reteam With Kenneth Branagh in Live-Action 'Cinderella'

Stellan Skarsgard to Reteam With Kenneth Branagh in Live-Action 'Cinderella'

Skarsgard enters talk to portray the grand duke, the king's adviser, in the Disney flick, which is directed by 'Thor' helmer Branagh.

"Cinderella" could stage a reunion between director Kenneth Branagh and his "Thor" star. The Hollywood Reporter learns that Stellan Skarsgard, who starred as Erik Selvig in the Marvel film, is in negotiations to take on the role of "the grand duke, the king's adviser, who just may have ulterior motives."

If all deals are finally sealed, "Good Will Hunting" actor Skarsgard will be added to the cast ensemble, which already has Lily James as the heroine. The film also includes Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmom and "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden as the charming prince.

For roles of mean stepsisters who ridicule the kind yet persecuted Cinderella, Branagh has secured Holliday Granger and Sophie McShera, who once again teams up with James after starring in "Downton Abbey".

The new take on the classic fairytale is eyeing a fall shoot in London. Branagh will direct the live-action version based on screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna of "The Devil Wears Prada".

Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron will join forces to produce the movie, which is reportedly due out March 13, 2015.

Skarsgard has wrapped up "Romeo and Juliet", which features Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the iconic lovers. He will reprise his role as Erik Selvig in "Thor: The Dark World".


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