Genre Films and Allison Shearmur Productions in association with Runaway Fridge Films are in pre-production on the Disney live-action fantasy romance feature film “Cinderella”. Casting has been taking place for the starring roles, and auditions are now underway for the film’s co-starring and supporting roles. Shooting will get underway this Fall, 2013 in the London, England area. Interior filming will take place at the world famous Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. All of the movie’s extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins for the film’s actors will be cast in the United Kingdom.
This brand new re-imagining of the timeless fairy tale will have a fresh take on the original 1950 Disney animated musical fantasy film, which was based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault. Released on February 15, 1950 the movie tells the tale of poor Cinderella, who is perpetually mistreated by her wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine and stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia. When the King and the Duke arrange a ball for Prince Charming in an initiative to help him discover a wife to marry, Lady Tremaine denies Cinderella a chance to attend. With a little help from her mice friends, and a great deal of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella spectacularly shows up at the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!
Starring in “Cinderella” is the astonishingly talented and elegant English actress Lily James in the highly coveted title role. In 2010, James graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and has gone on to enjoy a very successful career in just a few short years. Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Richard Madden has been cast to play the role of Prince Charming. Madden is best known for playing the role of Robb Stark in the hit HBO television series “Game of Thrones”. Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett was the first actor to be cast, and will be playing Lady Tremaine. Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Sophie McShera and Empire Awards nominee Holliday Grainger have joined the cast playing the stepsisters Drisella and Anastasia.
Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will direct “Cinderella” from an adapted screenplay written by BAFTA Film Award nominee Aline Brosh McKenna and Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz. Branagh, who was hired after Mark Romanek left the project due to creative differences, is also an accomplished actor who has starred in such films as “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” and “My Week with Marilyn” among many others. His directorial credits include “Much Ado About Nothing,” “A Midwinter’s Tale,” “Thor,” and the recently completed Paramount Pictures feature film “Jack Ryan” which he also starred in along with Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kevin Costner.
BAFTA Awards winner David Barron will produce under the banner of his production company Runaway Fridge Films. Barron has had a long standing association with Kenneth Branagh, working together on such projects as “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “A Midwinter’s Tale,” “Hamlet,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Barron also has produced six Harry Potter films including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”. Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg is also serving as producer. Kinberg has an impressive resume that includes writer of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” writer/producer of “Jumper,” writer of “Sherlock Holmes,” executive producer of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” writer of “X-Men: The Last Stand” and producer on “X-Men: First Class”. Allison Shearmur will produce under the banner of her company Allison Shearmur Productions.
Minors and foreign talent MUST be legally eligible to work in London and the United Kingdom. You MUST have a passport and a the proper paperwork for working in the UK.
The 2013 London Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, children, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in London and the United Kingdom:
• London Child Actor Information
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Bylaws on the Employment of Children
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application
• United Kingdom Foreign Actors Visa Information
• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• United Kingdom Employment Application Form
In addition to the following London Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• London Casting Directors List
• London Extras Casting Directors List
• London Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• London Actors Headshot Photographers
• United Kingdom Acting Schools
• London Performers Unions and Organizations
• Miscellaneous London Actors Resources
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
Principal Actor Casting
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.
Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
Lucy Bevan Casting
c/o Ealing Studios Ltd
London W5 5EP
317-321 Latimer Rd.
London W10 6RA
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
“Cinderella” Production Office
The Walt Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Allison Shearmur Productions
6525 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Runaway Fridge Films, Ltd.
189 Bickenhall Mansions
London W1U 6BX
Producers: Simon Kinberg, David Barron, Allison Shearmur
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Lily James – Cinderella
Richard Madden – Prince Charming
Cate Blanchett – Lady Tremaine
Holliday Grainger – Anastasia
Sophie McShera – Drisella
Helena Bonham Carter – Fairy Godmother
A re-imaging of the classic tale where the prince is set for a politically arranged marriage, until the evil plan is threatened when the prince meets Cinderella.