By Jada Seto
For many fans of Camila Cabello, a dream has come true with the announcement of Sony’s 2021 rendition of “Cinderella.” With a reputable cast and star producers, this upcoming summer spectacular has already dazzled viewers young and old.
“I think that having a Latina as a lead role in a very well-known movie is going to inspire many young girls, especially since ‘Cinderella’ is a classic story that can be played by anyone...”
Taking another twist on the classic fairytale, Cabello will be singing her way through this version. Her tuneful talents will come into the spotlight debuting alongside Idina Menzel as Vivian, the not-so-evil stepmother; Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice; and newcomer Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Charming.
This "Cinderella" also breaks tradition by introducing Billy Porter as the fairy godmother, otherwise known as “Fab G.” Previously starring as Lola in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, Porter will take his vocals, engaging personality and gender-bending persona to the role. Although traditionally the fairy godmother is played by a female, this rendition categorizes Porter’s role as genderless.
“Magic has no gender. This is a classic fairytale for a new generation. I think that the new generation is really ready,” said Porter in an interview with CBS News.
Artwork by Shadia Zayer
Representing Latinas in this 2021 rendition of “Cinderella,” Camila Cabello's debut in this classic brings a new perspective to the iconic character.
This “Cinderella” will not only leave movie-goers awestruck through the magic each artist brings to the role but also will further normalize diversity in well-known characters. With a Cuban-American starring as the lead role, Cabello will be able to impact future generations to take on roles that represent races of all cultures.
“I think that having a Latina as a lead role in a very well-known movie is going to inspire many young girls, especially since ‘Cinderella’ is a classic story that can be played by anyone,” said senior Sophia Lin.
“Magic has no gender. This is a classic fairytale for a new generation. I think that the new generation is really ready...”
With many innovative concepts for the storyline of “Cinderella” throughout the past decades, this new remake will continue to bring a unique take on the classic. Whether viewers will be able to watch in theaters or from the comforts of their homes, Sony’s 2021 rendition of “Cinderella” will have many watching a storyline that reflects the possibilities of diversity for all.