Bibbidi-bobbidi-oop! Billy Porter has revealed that he is playing the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming live-action Cinderella remake.
“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 tells CBS News. “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,” the Emmy-winning Pose star continues, adding that the remake is “a classic fairy tale for a new generation.”
“I think that the new generation is really ready. You know, the kids are ready. It’s the grown-ups that are slowing stuff down.”
As NewNowNext previously reported, pop star Camila Cabello leads Sony’s Cinderella musical adaptation, a modern reimagining of the fairy tale with Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon as director and screenwriter.
The cast of Cinderella, which is slated for a February 2021 release, includes Idina Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine, Pierce Brosnan, Missy Elliott, Minnie Driver, John Mulaney, and James Corden. Corden, who has a “story by” credit, is also a producer.
Watch a magical clip of Porter’s CBS News interview below.