Emma Watson Won’t Star In Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

Emma Watson has turned down the chance to portray Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming movie.

Recent reports suggested that the Harry Potter alum would tackle the lead role in Disney’s upcoming big-screen version of Cinderella. While it seemed as though the actress was ready to sign on, it would appear she’s since changed her mind.

“Emma Watson has decided not to star in Disney’s ‘Cinderella,'” Variety’s Marc Graser revealed in a recent tweet. However, no reason for the actress’ departure from the project was given.

Given that Disney was hoping to have the adaptation up and running for 2014 release date, this has certainly thrown a wrench into their master plan.

Now that Emma Watson has stepped away from the Cinderella flick, the studio is forced to reconsider other actresses for the lead role. Saoirse Ronan, Gabriella Wilde, and Alicia Vikander are reportedly on the shortlist for the part.

Cate Blanchett has been tapped to play the evil stepmother in the new version of the classic fairy tale. Thor director Kenneth Branagh will spearhead the project. It’s currently unknown if Emma Watson’s departure will effect the film’s projected release date.

Big screen versions of fairy tales are quickly becoming all the rage in Hollywood. Thanks to the success of such features as Snow White and the Huntsman and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderful, a number of studios are gearing up for similar productions.

In addition to Cinderella, Disney is also looking to reboot its popular Beauty and the Beast franchise. The studio recently hired Trance scribe Joe Ahearne to handle scripting duties on the project. The film is going under the working title of The Beast.

Emma Watson can be seen next in writer-director Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Inspired by real events, the film follows the adventures of several teenagers who track down celebrities in order to break into their homes.