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Cate Blanchett in negotiations for evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella film
Cate Blanchett in negotiations for evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella film

By Liza Foreman

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to play the evil stepmother in Disney's re-imagining of the classic fairytale Cinderella, the "Untitled Cinderella Story," an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Blanchett would be the first to be cast in the live-action film. It is being directed by Mark Romanek for the studio based on a script by Chris Weitz.

The film is being produced by Simon Kinberg, who is best-known for the "X-Men" series.

The feature was first set up at Disney in May 2010 based on a pitch by Aline Brosh McKenna ("Devil Wear Prada."), who wrote the initial draft.

Disney set the project up in the wake of its success with "Alice in Wonderland," an adaptation of the Lewis C. Carroll book that starred Johnny Depp.

Disney representatives could not be reached for comment.

Blanchett can next be seen on screen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on December 14. She was recently confirmed for George Clooney's upcoming film "The Monuments Men." She will also be seen in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again."

Cinderella has been adapted for the big screen dozens of times. In Andy Tennant's 1998 version "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," Angelica Houston played the evil stepmother. In the TV movie "Cinderella" in 1997, the role was played by Bernadette Peters. Sigourney Weaver voiced the character in "Happily N'Ever After" in 2006. Disney's 1950 version featured Eleanor Audley in the voice role of Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother.

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