French stars slipping on 'Cinderella'


French director Marc Esposito will unite Gallic actors Jean Reno and Sophie Marceau for a film lover's fairy tale with his fourth feature, "Cinderella," the filmmaker said Monday.

The adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches story will start filming in the summer with a budget of €23 million ($36.2 million).

Produced by Pierre Javaux Prods., the film also will star this year's Cesar winner for most promising female newcomer, Melanie Laurent, as Cinderella and veteran actress Catherine Jacob as her wicked aunt.

Reno will play the role of the king, and Marceau will portray the fairy godmother.