‘Downton Abbey’ season 4: Sophie McShera officially joins Lily James in…

DaisyYou may as well rename it “Downton Cinderella” at this point. This upcoming big-screen adaptation of the popular fairytale has long had Lily James (who plays Rose) attached to the title role; and now, it’s also getting the woman responsible for Daisy.

According to Deadline, Sophie McShera has officially signed on now for the project, where she will be playing the part of Noemie, one of the wicked stepsisters. It is a bit of a departure from Daisy in that this was a character, irritable as she may be at times, that you did legitimately want to root for at the end of the day. This new role? Not so much.

The general assumption here is that shooting will begin once the actors wrap up filming on the ITV series, as both McShera and James are regulars for the upcoming fourth season. We are nearing the end of the process, with the Christmas special being the final thing that will be shot. (We’ve already told you that this special may be less likely to turn into a watery mess of tears.)

“Downton Abbey” stars have long held a pretty unique and prestigious relationship with the cinema. Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay each left the show in order to obtain more film opportunities, and at the moment Hugh Bonneville is in demand for a few roles as well (including one involving Paddington Bear, and a film directed by George Clooney that was shot in Munich earlier this year).

Want more “Downton Abbey” news? Just in case this was not enough for you, head over to the link here if you want to see some more of what lies ahead for Brendan Coyle’s character of Mr. Bates.

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