Camila Cabello to star in remake of 'Cinderella'
NEW YORK - AFP
The decision to cast a Hispanic woman is a significant break from a long tradition of white and usually blonde Cinderellas.
Cabello, a multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will also help write the film's songs.
The project grew out of an original idea from late-night television host James Corden. The remake was first reported by the entertainment magazine The Hollywood Reporter.
Corden will co-produce the film through the company Fulwell 73, of which he is a partner.
At the helm will be director Kay Cannon, who is no stranger to breaking the Hollywood mold with female-driven narratives. Cannon wrote the box office hit "Pitch Perfect" franchise, which tells the story of female friendships through a humorous take on competitive college a capella.
She made her directorial debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed comedy "Blockers," which flipped the typically male-oriented teen coming-of-age script and grossed over $93 million worldwide.
She left the group in 2016 to pursue a solo career and became a global household name in August the following year when her hit song "Havana" soared to the top of the pop radio chart.
The two best-known previous versions of the fairy tale are Disney's 1950 cartoon and the studio's 2015 live-action version starring Lily James.