Billy Porter says his fairy godmother will be genderless in the new live-action Cinderella movie
Updated: March 4th, 2020:
Not only will Billy Porter be breathing new life into the role of the Fairy Godmother in the upcoming Sony adaptation of Cinderella, but Porter says that he will be adding a genderless spin to his portrayal.
“It hit me when I was on the set last week, how profound it is that I am playing the Fairy Godmother,” Porter said during a sit down with CBS News on March 2nd. “Magic has no gender.”
He continued, “We are presenting this character as genderless—at least that’s how I’m playing it. And it’s really powerful.”
Porter explained this new version of an old classic fairy tale, set to be released in 2021, is being made for the “new generation.” He said, “The kids are ready. It’s the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”
As for us, we’d prefer if the whole production was sped up because we cannot wait to see Porter take on this iconic role.
Original Post: October 14th, 2019:
Billy Porter is ready to “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” his way onto the big screen! The Emmy-winning Pose actor confirmed on Saturday, October 12th, during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival that he will play the Fairy Godmother in Sony’s upcoming live-action Cinderella movie.
PEOPLE confirmed in April that Camila Cabello would play the titular princess in the re-imagining of the classic story, helmed by Blockers director and Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon and based on an idea from James Corden. Deadline reported on Friday that Broadway veteran (and the voice of Frozen‘s Queen Elsa) Idina Menzel was in talks to join the cast as well, playing Evelyn, the evil stepmother. Though plot details haven’t been released, the story is reportedly a modern re-imagining of the classic fairytale in which an orphaned girl becomes a princess.
Cabello’s Cuban and Mexican roots will likely play a part in the modern aspect of the story, and The Hollywood Reporter said she will also be involved with the film’s music.
Porter—who originated (and won a Tony for) the role of Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway—recently made history when he became the first openly gay black man to be nominated for and win best actor in a drama at the 2019 Emmy Awards, for his portrayal of Pray Tell in FX’s Pose.
And what’s next for the actor and singer, aside from his Fairy Godmother role?
“There’s a play that I directed that just debuted in Boston that’s coming to New York,” Porter continued. “I’m a gypsy—the only thing I know how to do is work. I’m ready. I’m ready for all of it.”
In Pose, Porter’s character Pray Tell is the outspoken, outrageous emcee of the New York City house balls the 1980s-set show centers on. The series features the largest cast of transgender actors and LGBTQ actors in television history.
In the press room after his Emmy win last month, Porter told reporters that representation in media has “the power to create empathy.”
The actor added that he hopes “young queer people of all colors can look at me and know that they can.”