Actor Billy Porter thinks children are ready for a “genderless good fee,” he said on Wednesday with CBS News . A new version of the Cinderella fairy tale is currently being recorded, in which Porter plays the fairy.
“We present this character as genderless – at least that’s how I play it – and it’s really powerful,” says Porter. “This is a classic fairy tale for a new generation and I think that the new generation is really ready. The children are ready.
Porter – known for his activism for the LGBTI community – also told Insider that thanks to Cinderella , he can use his status as a well-known actor to be able to mean something positive for the world.
“Who I am and what I stand for is very specific. The fact that I am being cast shows that this is about inclusiveness and that self-acceptance is more important.”
Porter thinks it shouldn’t matter who plays the fairy, because “magic has no gender”.
The new film version of the classic fairy tale is directed by Kay Cannon (Blockers) and produced by James Corden.
Camila Cabello, known for hits such as Havana and Señorita , plays the role of Cinderella. The film is her acting debut. Pierce Brosnan, Idina Menzel and Nicholas Galitzine also play in the film.
Cinderella should be on February 5, 2021.