When Lily James arrived to audition for Disney’s new live-action movie “Cinderella,” she intended only to try out for the role of ugly stepsister.

“I thought it would be interesting to play an off-center character who doesn’t have to be pretty,” James, 25, recalls. But a casting director took one look at her heaps of blond locks and urged her to read for the starring role.

James glanced at the character synopsis on the spot and suddenly found herself desperate to slip on the glass slipper. After six grueling auditions, she won the part — and a chance to dance with Hollywood’s A-list.

“I am completely aware of how lucky I am,” says the charming starlet, who’s best known for stealing scenes as rebellious Lady Rose MacClare on “Downton Abbey.” … – Read more at NY Post

Lily James sang her version of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” and Helena Bonham Carter (Fairy Godmother) sang her version of the magic words “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”.

James’ favorite part about playing Cinderella was wearing the big blue ballgown. The iconic blue dress in this film had a total of eight versions made, all used depending on what James had to do. For example, one dress was four inches off the ground for her running scene from the ball to the carriage, one dragged on the ground slightly for her entrance at the ball. To make the dress, there was a total of 270 yards of fabric used, and up to 2 miles of hem.  A total of 10,000 Swarovski crystals was placed one-by-one on the blue dress, and in James’ hair as well.

Lily James and Sophie McShera, who plays Drizella, star alongside each other in Downton Abbey. However, their roles are reversed: in Downton, McShera plays Daisy, the servant role, while James plays Lady Rose, the aristocrat.  – IMDB

Here’s the original ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ from Disney’s 1950 animated feature Cinderella:

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