Billy Porter Will Play the Fairy Godmother in a New 'Cinderella' Film | 22 Words

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.

With his recent history-making Emmy win and of course, that Oscars tuxedo gown, the star has been hitting the headlines more than ever in recent months.

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.

The fifty-year-old first achieved fame by performing on Broadway. Most notably, he played Lola in Kinky Boots.

His role in the popular musical earnt him a Tony Award.

Porter won the 2013 Best Actor in a Musical Award, and the following year, bagged the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Now, the actor is best known for his role in TV series, Pose.

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Pose 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...

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And 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.

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Porter snagged the award for “Lead Actor in a Drama Series."

His win made history...

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He 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:

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“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...

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The star is nothing short of a red-carpet master.

His looks never fail to make the headlines.

And he consistently proves that gender has no bounds and that you can wear what you want no matter what you identify as.

This week, the star has landed another huge gig.

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He'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...

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The 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.

And as you'd expect, Cabello is also set to "be integrally involved" in the film's music.

James Corden is producing the forthcoming project.

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According 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

Given his previous award-winning theatre work, groundbreaking acting success and of course, showstopping red-carpet ensembles, there seems no one else that could bring the required flare and glitz to the job.

But his casting is also highlighting a bigger message.

In today's ever-growing "woke" society, it seems that when if you look back, many princess tales lack much-needed diversity, so it was about time that the classic childhood tale got more progressive.

It marks a new era of the princess genre.

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His 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.

Following the announcement, several people flocked to Twitter to gush over the actor and how he was the best choice for the role.

Although sadly, as you'd expect, others weren't as pleased.

People weren't impressed that an iconic female role was going to be portrayed by a male. Well, you can't please everyone, can you? Cinderella is expected to hit the box office in 2021.