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Billy Porter to Play “Genderless” Fairy Godmother in New Cinderella Movie

“Magic has no gender. We are presenting this character as genderless, at least that’s how I’m playing it.”

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Billy Porter will play a gender inclusive fairy godmother in the new reimagining of “Cinderella.”
 
During an interview with CBS, the “Pose” star revealed that his character — Cinderella’s magical fairy godmother — will be genderless.

“It hit me when I was on set last week how profound it is that I am playing the fairy godmother. They call it the Fab G,” Porter, 50, explained. “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. This is a classic, this is a classic fairytale for a new generation. I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready, you know. It’s the grownups that are slowin’ stuff down.”

The 2021 “Cinderella” movie will be a modern remake of the classic fairytale and star singer Camila Cabello as Cinderella. Based on an original idea by actor and talk show host James Corden, the movie will be directed by “Pitch Perfect” writer Kay Cannon.

Porter, who is no stranger to sensational, gender-nonconforming moments, originated the role of Lola in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots” — and won a Tony for the performance. He also made history as the first openly gay Black man to be nominated for, and win, best actor in a drama at the 2019 Emmy Awards.