Billy Porter to Play Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

Sony did not comment on the casting news. However, sources informed The Hollywood Reporter that the Pose star is in talks to join a production of Cinderella by Sony Pictures. If true, Porter would portray the fairy godmother to Cinderella. Blockers filmmaker Kay Cannon is set to direct, and singer Camila Cabello will star in the titular role. James Corden and Leo Pearlman are credited as producers.

Although The Hollywood Reporter credited the gay actor as being pursued for the “fairy godmother,” it is unclear at present if the part will be a drag role, gender-nonconforming, or be rewritten as a male-identifying character. The character — who has been portrayed in film by greats like Whitney Houston and Helena Bonham Carter — assists Cinderella in her preparations for the ball to meet Prince Charming and is traditionally female.