The early buzz surrounding Amazon Prime
's film adaptation of "Cinderella
" has centered on Billy Porter
's performance as a genderless version of the fairy godmother, and based on some newly released
footage, the "Pose
" star does not disappoint.
The streaming service gave fans
their first look at the long-awaited film this week with the release of a new teaser, emphasizing that this is not your typical "Cinderella."
For one thing, Cinderella (Camila Cabello
) is an ambitious, forward-thinking woman who aspires to run a dress shop but is stymied by both a wicked stepmother (Idina Menzel) and social mores of the time. Enter Porter as “the Fab G,” who offers Cinderella an escape from her drab reality.
In an interview
published Wednesday by Entertainment Weekly
and director Kay Cannon confirmed that “Cinderella” is a jukebox musical with songs from various decades and genres.
While the classic fairy tale has been adapted for the screen numerous times, most notably by Walt Disney
, Cannon believes her version will be "more relatable to what girls and young women
in particular are going through, where they can really see themselves."
See the teaser for "Cinderella" below.
Porter, the gender-fluid fashion
icon, was described as "your favorite part" of the film.
The production of “Cinderella” began in England
in early 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
. Shortly after his casting was announced, Porter stated that audiences should expect to see the fairy godmother, traditionally portrayed as a woman, in an entirely new light in the film, which also stars Pierce Brosnan and Nicholas Galitzine.
“Magic has no gender,” he told CBS News
at the time, adding, “We are presenting this character as genderless, and that is how I am playing it.”
Concerning viewers who might object to his unconventional portrayal of the character, he added, "This is a classic fairy tale for a new generation. I think the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready. It's the grownups who are slowing things down."
On September 3, Amazon Prime will release “Cinderella.”