The first look at Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine in the new revival of Cinderella has just been released. The film, which was directed by Pitch Perfect director, Kay Cannon, will premiere on Amazon Prime in September. The film also stars Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver.
Cannon’s Cinderella, a remake of the classic fairytale, is the second modern straightforward Cinderella remake of the past few years, following the 2015 Disney adaptation. This version, which gives story credit to James Corden who was also a producer on the film, promises to be a more refreshed telling of the tale audiences have come to know and love. The film, which was made by Sony’s Columbia Pictures, was originally scheduled to release in February of this year, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed. Weeks ago, it was announced that the film had been bought by Amazon Studios.
In a press release from Amazon, which was accompanied by some stills of the film, it was announced that Cinderella will launch worldwide in September, exclusively on Amazon. In one photo, Cabello can be seen as Cinderella before her transformation. The other still, a first look at Camila Cabello and Nicholas Galitzine (who portrays Prince Robert) together, shows the two likely dancing at the ball. The press release also promised a more contemporary retelling—partially evidenced by Billy Porter’s “fairy godmother” role becoming that of “Fab G”— imbued with a new and more empowering perspective. Read the statement from Amazon Studios Head, Jennifer Salke, and check out the new photos below:
Cinderella is a classic we all know and love, but this time with a modern unique twist and starring the sensational Camila Cabello and an all-star cast. Producer James Corden and the filmmaking team have taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective that will resonate with audiences and families around the world. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to director Kay Cannon’s reimagination of this classic story,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.
The press release also provided insight into the music of the film. Seeing as though the film is not a Disney remake of the popular 1950 animated film, the classic songs associated with Cinderella were, of course, not included. Instead, the announcement revealed that the stars will be covering hit songs by “some of the top-selling musical artists of all time.” Additionally, the film will feature original songs by Broadway starlet, Idina Menzel, and Cabello, a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter.
A fresh take on classic tales is something of a trend in today’s television and film world, and not to everyone’s enjoyment. However, when redone to provide more diversity (though perhaps not as diverse as the 1997 adaptation of Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and re-contextualize some of the more traditional tropes, these new and updated films can be very important. While not all fans are excited for their favorites to potentially be spoiled or flooded with superfluous canon content, it is best to keep in mind that these films are often not for the original fans as much as they are for a new generation. And the new generation could definitely do with a Latina Cinderella, a Black and LGBT role model, and more empowering themes.
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