Camila Cabello Is Making Her Big Screen Debut As Cinderella
Camila Cabello is going to make her acting debut in James Corden‘s new Cinderella film, and we’re thrilled. We don’t know what this mysterious ~re-imagining~ of the story will entail, but The Hollywood Reporter says James was the mastermind of the new Cinderella story and will be producing the project.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been blessed with a Latina Cinderella — ABC’s Once Upon A Time beat them to that punch, but American audiences haven’t seen a non-white woman portray Cinderella in film since the 2008 movie Another Cinderella Story starring another Latina pop icon, Selena Gomez. Selena wasn’t even actually playing ~Cinderella~ in that particular straight-to-DVD sequel but a high school senior and a Cinderella-inspired story, in case the title didn’t give that away. If you want to get technical about it, the character Cinderella hasn’t been played by a person of color since 1997’s Rogers and Hammerstein TV movie Cinderella starring Brandy Norwood.
That movie was the GOAT, and not just because Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters had an Asian son who falls in love with Bernadette Peters‘s black daughter while Whitney Houston proudly looks on in a display of color-blind casting that would make Lin Manuel-Miranda weep. Hamilton is quaking.
It’s about time we got another quality Cinderella film with a non-white lead (this time, in actual movie theaters), and who better to lead the charge than a former X Factor contestant who became one of the biggest names in pop music? That’s a Cinderella story in and of itself, and it continues the (upsettingly short) lineage of strong P.O.C. pop stars reminding white people that we don’t have a monopoly on beloved fairytale characters.
THR reports that Camila will be “integrally involved in the music for the film.” Clearly, she’s going to sing, but it sounds like we might be getting some new classic songs written by the “Havana” songstress. Alongside our producer and star, director Kay Cannon has been attached to the project after finding success with Blockers. Before making her directorial debut last year, Kay was best known as a writer for Pitch Perfect (but we won’t hold that against her), 30 Rock, and New Girl. She also created Girlboss for Netflix, but we don’t have to talk about that. It sounds like this Cinderella story is going to be funny and full of strong girl power vibes, and we’re totally here for it.
Now, if they would just cast Camila’s rumored ex Shawn Mendes as the prince, this movie would go down in history as the greatest film to ever exist.
This Cinderella film has been fast-tracked by Sony, which means they realize it’s a big effing deal, too. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long for our new obsession to hit the big screen once Camila is done with her hotly anticipated new album.