Emma Watson is being tipped to play Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s big screen spin on the classic fairytale.

According to reports the actress – who sprang to fame as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise – has emerged as a potential lead since Branagh took over the directorial reins from previous helmer Mark Romanek.

Previous candidates for the role included Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikandr and Three Musketeers star Gabriella Wilde, although trade paper Variety has reported none were able to commit to the project due to scheduling clashes.

If Watson does sign on for the role, she will appear alongside Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who has been snapped up to play Cinders’ wicked stepmother in the film.

It’s not the first time she has been linked to a Cinderella project, having previously been close to starring in a musical version being developed by rocker Marilyn Manson in 2009.

Although the actress became a household name after Harry Potter, she has stuck largely to smaller independent projects since the final film in the series, Deathly Hallows Part II, was released in 2011.

She was last seen in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower which was released last autumn, while her latest movie The Bling Ring is set for release later this year.

That film, directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on the true story of a group of Californian teenagers who made a name for themselves robbing the homes of the rich and famous, with Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton and Miranda Kerr among their real-life victims.

More recently, Watson returned to a larger-scale product with a role in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic which stars Russell Crowe as the ark-building legend.

source: http://metro.co.uk