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 it has been revealed that his character will be genderless.
Keep scrolling to find out more…
The fifty-year-old first achieved fame by performing on Broadway… Most notably, he played Lola in Kinky Boots.
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.
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.
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.
Porter snagged the award for “Lead Actor in a Drama Series.”
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!”
“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.”
The star is nothing short of a red-carpet master.
And he consistently proves that gender has no bounds and that you can wear what you want no matter what you identify as.
A few months ago, the star landed another huge gig.
He’ll be joining the star-studded cast of the new upcoming Cinderella movie as the fairy godmother.
The popular singer is set to take on the leading role of the orphan turned royalty, Cinderella herself… marking her big-screen debut.
And as you’d expect, Cabello is also set to “be integrally involved” in the film’s music.
According to Elle, Cinderella will be directed by Pitch Perfect writer and Blockers director Kay Cannon.
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.
And the star confirmed his casting during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival.
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.
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.
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.
Porter has revealed that his version of the fairy godmother will be genderless.
Speaking to CBS News, Porter said, “It hit me when I was on set last week that how profound it is that I am playing the Fairy Godmother. They call it the ‘Fab G’.”
“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. You know, this is a classic. It’s a classic fairy tale for a new generation.”
“I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready, it’s the grown-ups that are slowing stuff down,” he said.
Make sure to keep scrolling to see why Porter wore a gown instead of a tuxedo to the Oscars…