'Downton Abbey' Actress Cast as Cinderella & the Dowager Countess Should Be the Fairy Godmother

Adriana Velez This Just In

lady roseExciting news for Downton Abbey fans! Sorry, not the exciting news we really want that they're airing Season 4 in September here in the U.S. just like in the U.K. They're still refusing, despite my 1,45,389 hand-written pleas. But this is still pretty fun news. A Downton Abbey actress Lily James has been cast as the lead in Disney's new Cinderella movie.

In case the memory has already faded, on Downton James plays the trouble-seeking Lady Rose -- you know, the young lady introduced last season with a penchant for night clubs and older married lovers? She'll make a delightful Cinderella. But here's the funny thing -- she's the only Downton cast member in the live action Disney film so far. What are they thinking, not tapping into that amazing pool of actors? Here's how I would cast Cinderella, if it were up to me.

Fairy Godmother: Dame Maggie Smith/Dowager Countess, of course! She'd be a smart-mouthed, dry, ironic fairy godmother. Can't you just see her sighing and waving her wand, just like she waves her hanky on Downton?

Wicked Stepmother: Siobhan Finneran/O'Brien, with all her scowling and plotting and scheming and glaring. She's a brilliant villainess, as we already know. And gee, I hear she's available, too.

Wicked Stepsisters: Laura Charmichael/Lady Edith and Sophie McShera/Daisy Mason -- even though I love them both. Edith has definitely turned a corner on the show, but I still remember how green with jealousy she can turn. And remember how Daisy, usually so sweet, got so tart when she felt like she had a rival? Perfect step-sisters.

Clueless Dad: Hugh Bonneville/Lord Grantham has got the clueless dad act down pat already. Although, Kevin Doyle/Mosley might work there as well. I can see him getting taken in by a scheming single mom with two materialistic daughters in tow.

Prince Charming: I am NOT going to say Dan Stevens/Cousin Matthew because I am still mad at him for leaving the show. Especially when my new crush, Allen Leech/Branson would be perfect for the job. And here's a wild-card pick -- if you can forget that his character is gay as a grig and not so very nice, Rob James-Collier/Thomas is pretty cute, too.

Dog who gets changed into a footman: Remember in the animated version, where the Fairy Godmother turns the family hound into a footman? Well clearly Downton's own Roly/Pharoah would fit that role. And he could transform into Thomas Howes/William!

Who do you think should be in the new Cinderella movie?


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