Niles Fitch is officially Disney's first-ever black live-action prince. This announcement has been long-anticipated and who better to take on such an important role than Fitch himself?
Keep scrolling to see all the details surrounding how this show is ready to shake up our perceptions of royals...
Disney has always been under fire for its lack of diversity.It's no secret that the company giant has been involved in multiple scandals, but this one has probably lost them the most fans.
We have always been subjected to the same image...Most Disney characters have always been white, no matter if they are male or female. It was only in 2009, that we got our first-ever black Disney princess, Tiana.
And since that foot in the door, we have slowly seen a more varied line-up...Disney characters are now coming in all different colors and ethnicities and though we're not completely there yet, it's good to see the difference.
Last year, we even got a black Ariel.
via: Getty ImagesHalle Bailey took us on a journey into the deep blue as she became our modern-day Ariel.
Though the news didn't sit well with everyone...
If I hear one more person bitching about Ariel being black, I’m going to scream. Imagine how bad Halle Bailey feels… https://t.co/sgdUpIUYsU— alex aldridge (@alex aldridge)1562416933.0
And a year later, we're pleased to announce that we will be getting our first-ever black live-action prince.
via: Getty ImagesNiles Fitch is set to take on the role of Prince Tuma in Disney+'s newest series titled Secret Society.
While some people have claimed that Chadwick Boseman was, in fact, the first black prince...
via: Getty ImagesTechnically he is ruled under the Marvel label and even though Disney now owns Marvel, both of the companies stand as separate entities.
This new show tells the story of royals who are gifted with special powers that help them protect the world.
via: TwitterIn order to do their job, they are taken to a special school where they are taught how to harness their powers.
Prince Tuma is described as "charming."
via: TwitterAs per Disney+, his biography states that his "super-human ability is vital to the team's success, but his self-centered nature needs a lesson in empathy."
Fitch made the announcement via Twitter.
Welcome Disney’s first Black prince @disneyplus https://t.co/IuwbkvRVlq— Niles Fitch (@Niles Fitch)1587168697.0
One user commented this:
@nilesfitch @disneyplus Will watch anything with this kid in it, so talented can’t wait to see all the cool stuff he does!— Cal (@Cal)1587186286.0
We knew he would be perfect for the role right when it was announced.
@nilesfitch @disneyplus Yessir!! Congrats on setting the example ✨🥳— 🧚🏽Lady J🪐 (@🧚🏽Lady J🪐)1587171174.0
"You love to see it."
@nilesfitch @disneyplus love to see it— Stacey Abrams Stan Account (@Stacey Abrams Stan Account)1587186577.0
Better late than never at all...
@nilesfitch @candicepattonwa @disneyplus I love this. I will be supporting— jer (@jer)1587200387.0
We have previously seen his skills being put to the test when he starred in This Is Us.
via: Getty ImagesIn the popular series, he plays the teenage version of the character Randall Pearson. The role has seen him win awards.
But now he's ready to take on a new challenge.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it involves breaking down these representation barriers.
But that's not all...
via: Getty ImagesThe full cast consists of Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Sam, Skylar Astin as James, Olivia Deeble as Roxana, Niles Fitch as Tuma, Faly Rakotohavana as Matteo, Isabella Blake Thomas as January, Elodie Yung as Queen Catherine, Ashley Liao as Eleanor, Noah Lomax as Mike, and Greg Bryk as Inmate 34.