Casting Net: Helena Bonham Carter cast as Cinderella's fairy godmother; Plus, Anne Hathaway, more

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• Helena Bonham Carter will play the part of the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. According to reports, this is a slight re-imagining of the classic character and will find Bonham Carter in disguise as a beggar at first. In the oh-too-predictable version of the world, Bonham Carter would have been the wicked stepmother, and Cate Blanchett would have been the fairy godmother. Whether it’s Branagh, Disney, or the actresses (especially Bonham Carter) looking to branch out a little, we’re pleasantly surprised by the news. The project is set to begin its shoot this fall in London.

• Anne Hathaway is attached to star in an adaptation of the Charlotte Rogan novel The Lifeboat, a fictional tale of a woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic, but has to face charges of murder due to the deaths on the lifeboat that she shared with 38 people. Apollo 13 scribe William Broyles Jr. will be writing the script and executive producing for Working Title and Focus Features. Hathaway will also serve as a producer. The project doesn’t have a director lined up yet. [THR]

• In Tomorrowland news, two relatively unknown actresses are testing for the lead role of Casey Newton, who finds George Clooney’s inventor character and asks him to help her on a quest. Britt Robinson (Dan in Real Life, Under the Dome, The Secret Circle) and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova, Life Bites) will reportedly be subjected to hair and makeup tests in the coming months. Brad Bird is directing for Disney off of a script from Damon Lindelof and EW’s own Jeff Jensen. [THR]

Kon-Tiki’s Tobias Santelmann will make his English-language debut in Brett Ratner’s Hercules. Dwayne Johnson is starring in the film about a mortal version of the Greek god, and Santelmann will play his nemesis Rhesus. [THR]

• Sasha Pieterse, who plays the role of Alison on Pretty Little Liars, has joined the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. There were no details on the specifics of her role yet, but the film is currently in production and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. [Variety]

• Danny Huston (Magic City) will play a gossip journalist in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. [Deadline]

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