If given the opportunity to live out our wildest dreams before the stroke of midnight, it’s not unlikely those dreams would involve Billy Porter as our Fairy Godmother. But even if you’re glass slipper-averse, you can get a pinch of fairy dust from the live-action Cinderella reboot, heading to theaters this year.
Although Variety reported that the movie’s release had been delayed due to COVID-19 concerns and widespread theater closures, the remake starring Camila Cabello in the titular role has now landed at Amazon Prime Video—and we already have a sneak peek. Here’s what we know about the latest re-imagining of the classic fairytale, slated for release in just a few short months.
Who’s in it?
News of the forthcoming project first broke in April 2019 when The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Cinderella as Camila Cabello’s debut acting role. The report indicated that she would play the lead role and “be integrally involved” in the film’s music.
“She’s going to surprise everyone, because nobody’s ever seen her act before,” Cannon told Entertainment Weekly in May 2021. “She’s so fantastic. She’s so good, and she’s so natural, and just funny and beautiful and really, really talented.”
Last October, Deadline reported that Idina Menzel would assume the role of Evelyn, Cinderella’s evil stepmother. Menzel is a Tony- and Grammy-winning actress and a Broadway mainstay from shows including Rent and Wicked. She also voiced Elsa, the princess behind Frozen‘s “Let It Go.”
Next, Deadline reported on Dec. 4 that British actor Nicholas Galitzine would play Prince Robert opposite Cabello’s Cinderella. The report stated that after a lengthy search, Galitzine “wowed the filmmakers in many chemistry readings.” He previously appeared in the Netflix series Chambers and will play a role in the upcoming reboot of The Craft.
THR confirmed on Dec. 11 that Pierce Brosnan would join the film as the King, father to the prince.
As for the Fairy Godmother, Porter confirmed his casting during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival. His theatrical work on screen (and on the red carpet) more than qualifies him for the role. Last September, he became the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for best actor in a drama for his work on Pose. Previously, he collected a Tony and Grammy for his role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots.
Porter told CBS News that he would be playing his role as genderless. “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,” Porter recalled. “Magic has no gender.” He went on to say that playing the part without gender was “powerful.” Porter continued, “This is a classic, this is a classic fairytale for a new generation. I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready. It’s the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”
In early February 2020, Deadline confirmed that casting of four additional roles, including Missy Elliott as the Town Crier and Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice. Cinderella’s three mice friends/footmen will be played by James Corden, John Mulaney, and Romesh Ranganathan.
Who’s behind the camera?
Those excited for a new take on the Cinderella story have Corden to thank. The idea for the film originated with the late night host, and he’ll produce the project, making a Cabello/Porter/Menzel Carpool Karaoke session inevitable. Cinderella will be directed by Pitch Perfect writer and Blockers director Kay Cannon.
Has production begun?
On March 16, 2020 THR reported that filming on Cinderella in the U.K. had been suspended for two weeks. The decision followed growing caution surrounding COVID-19, as well as the inclusion of the U.K. in Donald Trump’s European travel ban.
Deadline reported that filming on the project would continue five months after the pause, and shooting resumed in mid-August outside London and continued through the end of September. Cabello, Driver, Galitzine, Menzel, and Brosnan were among those reportedly back to work. Deadline noted that “robust safety protocols including widespread and extensive testing” were in place.
Cabello commemorated the final day of shooting on Oct. 2 in a series of tweets. She wrote, “last day of being a freakin badass rebellious dreamer princess! Today was our last day wrapping Cinderella. I’m so grateful to have had this experience & to our crew for making it possible (& completely Covid safe!) during a pandemic. I can’t wait for all of you to see this movie”
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Filming on the project first began on Feb. 13, as Cannon documented on Instagram. “Day 1 of shooting down. A gazillion more days to goooooooo!” she captioned a photo of herself next to the director’s chair.
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Is there a trailer?
There’s no trailer yet, but in May EW shared a first look at Cabello and Galitzine—and it looks like the chemistry is real.
When’s the release date?
Amazon Prime Video has yet to announce an official release date, but EW reported on May 13 that we can expect to watch Cabello sweep across the screen “later this year.” Per Deadline, a more precise timing seems to be this fall.
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