Disney’s Cinderella will have a ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother according to Emmy Award star Billy Porter.
In an interview with CBS, the Pose star who will be the first man to portray the iconic character said: “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.
“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.”
Porter continued to say that this version of Cinderella will be “a classic fairytale for a new generation” and opined that the “new generation is really ready, the kids are ready” and that it’s “the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”
The character was voiced by Verna Felton in the 1950 animated classic and which seen generations of children grow up singing along to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.
Cinderella will be directed by Kay Cannon and is set to be released in 2021. It boasts a healthy selection of superstars including Camila Cabello as Cinderella, Idina Menzel as the stepmother, Pierce Brosnan as the King. Additional cast members include Missy Elliott as the Town Crier and Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice. Plus, Cinderella’s three mice friends/footmen will be played by James Corden, John Mulaney, and Romesh Ranganathan.
Last year, Porter made history when he became the first openly gay black male to win a Primetime Emmy Award for a leading role. He won for his critically-acclaimed performance as Pray Tell in Pose, the show’s resident emcee in the Ball scene.
Watch Billy Porter’s interview with CBS below.