Sony’s upcoming adaption of the classic fairy tale Cinderella looks set to be pretty epic with an all-star cast including Camilla Cabello as Cinderella, Idena Menzel as Cinderella’s stepmother, Pierce Brosnan as the king and award-winning actor, Billy Porter as the ‘genderless’ fairy godmother.
Porter is most famous for his roles in Pose, American Horror Story and Kinky Boots and we all remember his red carpet look at the 2020 Grammy’s – his Sarah Sokol Millinery custom jewelled revolving hat took social media in a meme mega storm.
We couldn’t think of anyone better to fit the fairy godmother bill in the latest adaption of the classic Disney film.
50-year old Porter has always challenged the norm with his sense of fashion and says: “I’m first generation post civil rights movement and I was always taught to dress like the job you want, not the one you have”.
Continuing in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment he said: “It was always about the first impression is what you look like; that has been my life’s mantra”.
“It’s a surprise to me how effective that has been for me to sort of push that narrative and crack open this conversation, but I’m very grateful”.
Speaking with CBS News about his new role, which he reportedly started filming last month, Porter said that “magic has no gender”, dubbing his role “powerful” and “profound”.
“It hit me when I was on set last week that how profound it is that I am playing the fairy godmother. They call it the ‘Fab G’”.
“Magic has no gender. We are presenting this character as genderless – at least that’s how I’m playing it, and it’s really powerful. You know, this is a classic. It’s a classic fairy tale for a new generation”.
“I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready, it’s the grown-ups that are slowing stuff down”.
No we’re definitely ready for all of your sass, Billy.
The story was both written and produced by James Cordon and is set to hit cinemas in February 2021.
Aside from his starring role in Cinderella, Porter is also set to feature on an episode of the children’s TV show Sesame Street, where he’ll show off one of his famous Academy Awards outfits – the tuxedo dress.
He described the opportunity as one of “the highlights of [his] life” to “sing on the set of @sesamestreet with [his] new pal, Penelope penguin”.
In his Instagram post Porter describes the impact his tuxedo dress had when he wore it at the Academy Awards in 2019 saying he was inundated with emails, DMs and messages of good will “from parents and their children who have been bullied all over the world and desperately need to see someone like [him], being their authentic selves on mainstream media”.
Undoubtedly, those parents and children will be delighted to hear of Porter’s new roles and we are sure he will not disappoint.
We eagerly await the film’s release.