In April 2019 it was announced that Cuban-American singer-songwriter Camila Cabello would be playing Cinderella and it felt like a win for representation to see a Latina play such an iconic role. Now we’re getting a look at Cabello in action as the fairytale princess with a teaser trailer that also features Billy Porter (Pose) as as “Fab G” aka her fairy godmother. It’s being described as a “modern unique twist” with a “fresh empowering perspective” according to Amazon. Considering her singing skills it’s not surprise it also includes a soundtrack with pop covers as well as original tracks also featuring Idina Menzel (Frozen), who plays the stepmother.
“#CinderellaMovie this was one of the most magical experiences of my life. I can’t wait for you to see it. out on @amazonprimevideo September 3!” she captioned an Instagram post sharing the teaser trailer.
The Cinderella version that immediately comes to mind for most is the Disney interpretation where she’s helpless and oppressed by her “evil” stepmother and stepsisters until she meets Prince Charming. This remake, which isn’t affiliated with Disney, is written and directed by Pitch Perfect creator Kay Cannon who made her directorial debut with Blockers, a 2018 female-centric comedy. As with any modern remake of a fairytale the heroine doesn’t need a man and has ambition and goals. Cabello plays “Ella” who dreams of opening up a shop, Dresses by Ella, with her own fashion designs and was described by Cabello as a “badass rebellious dreamer princess” on Twitter. Cabello will star opposite English-Greek-American actor Nicholas Galitzine (playing Prince Robert) as well as Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver as the king and queen.
last day of being a freakin badass rebellious dreamer princess! Today was our last day wrapping Cinderella. I’m so grateful to have had this experience & to our crew for making it possible (& completely Covid safe!) during a pandemic. I can’t wait for all of you to see this movie pic.twitter.com/xiE31ZJG6F
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) October 2, 2020
Considering the “modern” description and with Cannon at the helm it’s safe to assume it will likely have a more comedic spin with a seemingly more self-aware approach. At one point in the trailer, Fab G asks, ““Do you want to go to that ball?” and Ella responds with, “Yes, I was just crying and singing about it like two minutes ago.”
The “Havana” singer will be the first Latina to take on the role of the princess in a major film, though Dominican-American actress Dania Ramirez portrayed Cinderella on the ABC series Once Upon a Time. Fans will have to wait until Sept. 3 to watch her acting debut but there’s no need to wait to celebrate a Latina budding entrepreneur as the latest iteration of Cinderella.
“She’s going to surprise everyone, because nobody’s ever seen her act before,” Cannon told Entertainment Weekly about Cabello earlier this year. “She’s so fantastic. She’s so good, and she’s so natural, and just funny and beautiful and really, really talented.”