The Emmy-winning Pose actor announced his new role during the New Yorker Festival over the weekend and we can’t wait to see him turn the traditional fairytale on its head.
Billy made history last month as the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy in the Lead Actor category. He’s also a seasoned musical actor, having performed on Broadway for decades and landing himself a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots in 2013.
So far, the only other role that has been cast in the Cinderella film is that of Cinderella herself, which will be played by Camila Cabello. Although rumour has it, Idina Menzel (aka the voice of Elsa in Frozen) is reportedly the frontrunner to play the evil stepmother, Evelyn.
Additional details around the modern-day storyline are scarce, and the film isn’t expected to be released until February 2021, so it may be a while before we know more. But given the team working behind the scenes, we’re predicting the film may be a lighthearted comedy meets musical.
Sony’s Cinderella remake will be directed by Kay Cannon (Blockers director and Pitch Perfect writer) and is based on an idea from James Corden.
Corden and his Fulwell 73 production company partner Leo Pearlman will be producing the live-action film.