Hayley Atwell Is the Birth Mother of 'Cinderella'

August 22, 2013 04:40:33 GMT

The 'Captain America' actress will star alongside Cate Blanchett and other A-list actors in Kenneth Branagh's live-action pic.


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Hayley Atwell has landed a role in "Cinderella", the live-action version of Disney's classic fairytale. The Golden Globe-nominated actress, who has reprised her role as Peggy Carter in Marvel One-Shot "Agent Carter" and will once again do so in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", is tapped to star as the heroine's birth mother.

The casting news comes from Atwell herself, who announces her inclusion in a diary entry for Harper's Bazaar while promoting her play "The Pride". She writes, "I am about to start filming Kenneth Branagh's new movie, 'Cinderella', playing Cinderella's biological mother at the beginning of the story, the embodiment of goodness and maternal love."

In the next entry, the English beauty adds, "I'm sitting in a rehearsal room with Ken Branagh discussing an entirely new character. By 4pm I've had costume and wig fittings for Cinderella and then I jump back in the car and head to the theatre [for 'The Pride']."

Atwell is the latest addition to the cast ensemble, which already has Lily James as the lead, Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmom, Richard Madden as the prince and Stellan Skarsgard as the grand duke.

Produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron, "Cinderella" will bow out in theaters on March 13, 2015.

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posted by FauxClaud on Aug 22, 2013
Um, NO. She is playing Cinderella's MOTHER. Unless suddenly we are rewriting Cinderella so that she placed for adoption, the story has NO BIRTHMOTHER in it. She had a mother. Her mother died. Father remarries. She gets a nasty step mother. Meets a Prince, you know the rest. Sorry, but the term "birthmother" is already limiting enough for those of us who actually have to live it. Bad enough we don't get seen as important or any status as mothers by most of the world. I refuse to see Cinderella's mothers reduced be seen as one of us. She didn't "choose" adoption, she didn't make a "loving adoption plan"; she was a mother and died.

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