Emmy-award winning actor, Billy Porter, is best known for his role in the hit TV series, Pose and of course, for dominating the red carpet with his head-turning looks.
And now it looks like Porter has bagged another huge gig, confirming that he is set to star as the fairy godmother in the fourth upcoming re-imagining of Disney's classic tale, Cinderella.
Not only are we now even more excited for the upcoming movie, but his casting also shows a much-needed progression for a modern take on the princess story.
His casting is highlighting a huge message, but of course, some people are less than impressed...
Billy Porter is an American Broadway theater performer, singer, and actor.
His role in the popular musical earnt him a Tony Award.
Now, the actor is best known for his role in TV series, Pose.
via: imdbPose focuses primarily on New York City’s African and Latino LGBTQ communities. Set in the 1980s, the show follows several queer characters in their journeys to becoming who they want to be
The uplifting drama shows the support networks of those who felt like they didn't belong...
via: imdbAnd also those who society had deemed outcasts. It emphasizes the support networks around them while featuring characters who were trying to make it big in the city’s underground culture.
With the show already paving historic paths of its own, it was amazing to see it being recognized at this year's Emmys.
via: Getty ImagesPorter snagged the award for “Lead Actor in a Drama Series."
His win made history...
via: Getty ImagesHe was the first-ever gay, black man to win the award. “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here," Porter said during his acceptance speech, quoting James Baldwin. “I have the right, you have the right. We all have the right!"
He also went on to say this:
via: Getty Images“We, as artists, are the people who that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth."
Aside from his acting career, Porter is known for his head-turning fashion sense...
via: Getty ImagesThe star is nothing short of a red-carpet master.
His looks never fail to make the headlines.
This week, the star has landed another huge gig.
via: Getty ImagesHe'll be joining the star-studded cast of the new upcoming Cinderella movie as the fairy godmother.
He'll be joining the likes of singer Camila Cabello...
via: Getty ImagesThe popular songstress is set to take on the leading role of the orphan turned royalty, Cinderella herself... marking her big-screen debut.
News of the project first broke in April.
James Corden is producing the forthcoming project.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Elle, Cinderella will be directed by Pitch Perfect writer and Blockers director Kay Cannon.
Musical native, Idina Menzel, will reportedly be starring as Evelyn, Cinderella's evil stepmother.
via: Getty ImagesThe star has a number of smash-hit shows under her belt, including Rent and Wicked. She's also the voice behind Frozen's Elsa.
Billy Porter is the latest cast member to be announced.
via: Getty ImagesThe star confirmed his casting during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival over the weekend.
We couldn't think of anyone better for the role.
But his casting is also highlighting a bigger message.
It marks a new era of the princess genre.
via: imdbHis casting could have a significantly positive impact on kids watching, especially those little boys who may prefer princesses as opposed to action men or trucks. A fairy godmother brought to life by a gay, African American man, is a pretty powerful statement and an unapologetic leap in the right direction.
And it seems many fans agreed.
@TheAdvocateMag @theshenners @theebillyporter Didn’t even know we were getting another Cinderella adaptation. But B… https://t.co/m02oyLw92g— chloe⁷ 😘 (@chloe⁷ 😘)1570987164.0
Although sadly, as you'd expect, others weren't as pleased.
@TheAdvocateMag @theebillyporter We all love diversity but I don't think a female role should be replaced by a male— Sadie N 🏁 (@Sadie N 🏁)1571104598.0