Emmy, Grammy and Tony award-winning actor Billy Porter is gearing up to play the Fairy Godmother in the upcoming Cinderella reboot.
The upcoming live-action version of the classic fairytale is set to get a spin as it pushes the boundaries on gender norms, with Porter set to portray a genderless version of the magical character.
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Speaking in a recent interview with CBS about the film, due out in 2021, Porter gave details about his version of the Fairy Godmother, revealing not only with they be genderless but they will have a new name.
“It hit me when I was on the set last week, how profound it is that I am playing the Fairy Godmother – they call it the Fab G,” the Pose star told the publication. “Magic has no gender.”
“This is a classic, this is a classic for a new generation,” he added. “I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready. It’s the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”
While Porter will play the Fairy Godmother, pop sensation Camila Cabello is set to play the lead role of Cinderella.
The all-star cast is also set to include Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Idina Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, John Mulaney, Romesh Ranganathan and James Corden, who will also produce the film through his Fullwell73 banner with Leo Pearlman.
The Live Action Cinderella is set to hit theatres on February 5 next year.
Billy Porter has always been a frontrunner for challenging the traditional perspectives of gender norms with his gorgeous red carpet looks and is a big LGBTQ advocate.
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He also made history as the first openly gay, black male to win an Emmy for a lead actor role for playing Pray Tell on Pose.