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Billy Porter in Talks to Play Fairy Godmother in Cinderella Along Side Camila Cabello

Billy Porter in Talks to Play Fairy Godmother in Cinderella Along Side Camila Cabello

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Cinderella is nothing without the Fairy Godmother, and in a genius bit of potential casting, Billy Porter is apparently poised to take on the role.

Sony Studios are producing a musical re-imagination of the fairy tale based on an original idea by James Corden, with Camila Cabello already attached and expected to play the titular character.

Kay Cannon, who directed Blockers and wrote the three Pitch Perfect movies, is already in place to both direct the film and pen its script. The project is still in the very early stages of development, but producers are already moving forward with the casting process and Porter is on their shortlist for that big role.

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Billy Porter attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from James Corden.

The new Cinderella will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother.

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Billy Porter attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Disney’s 1950 animated drama has received two live-action remakes: 1997’s iteration starring Brandy and Whitney Houston and Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 version with Lily James. The latter grossed $543 million worldwide.

Porter won his first Emmy in the lead actor in a drama series last month for his performance as Pray Tell on Ryan Murphy’s Pose. His stage credits include Angels in America and his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots.

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