The reps couldn’t work out a deal with Disney for her to star in the studio’s live action retelling of the fairy tale that Kenneth Branagh will direct, Variety has learned. Specific reasons were not disclosed.
Disney would like to slip the glass slipper onto Emma Watson as the star of “Cinderella.”
While the actress does not yet have the role, Watson is in very early talks with the studio to play the character in the live action adaptation that Kenneth Branagh will direct. Cate Blanchett will play the wicked stepmother.
Disney would not comment on the discussions with Watson. It also considered Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”), Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed”) and Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), but couldn’t lock down deals due to scheduling and other considerations.
Justin Kroll, who works for Variety, also tweeted about Emma:
Still has to read script and work out schedule but early meetings make her the the studios choice— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 1, 2013