Cate Blanchett is said to be contention to appear in Disney's planned Cinderella film as a villain.

The actress has entered negotiations to play the evil stepmother in the studio's untitled Cinderella story, The Wrap reports.

Disney could not be reached to comment on the reports.

The live-action project will be directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) with Simon Kinberg producing.

The script has been written by Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon).

In 2010, Disney released a live-action retelling of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska starring.

Due for release in 2014 is Maleficent, a live action take on the Sleeping Beauty story which is told from the wicked fairy's point of view.

It stars Angelina Jolie in the title role and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.