UPDATE: Billy Porter is confirmed to star in the Sony adaptation of 'Cinderella.'
During a Q&A Saturday evening at the New Yorker Festival, Porter told attendees he’ll play the Fairy Godmother opposite Camila Cabello, who’s set to star as the lead character, according to Deadline.
Billy Porter has gone from Kinky Boots to glass slippers.
Sources informed The Hollywood Reporter that the Pose star is in talks to join a production of Cinderella by Sony Pictures.
Sony did not comment on the casting news. However, if true, Porter would portray the fairy godmother to Cinderella, whose fairy-tale journey from poverty to princely matrimony has inspired a plethora of productions over the years, including a Disney animated classic and a live-action 1997 film starring Brandy.
Sony's forthcoming Cinderella is described by THR as a modern reimagining of the centuries-old folk story. 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.
Porter, who recently won an Emmy for his role as Pray Tell on the FX drama, is no stranger to musicals. The Broadway veteran won Best Actor in a Musical in 2013 for portraying Lola in Kinky Boots. He has also been featured in Angels in America and Little Shop of Horrors.
Although THR 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.
Porter himself routinely makes headlines for his gender-defying red-carpet looks, including a tuxedo gown at the 2019 Academy Awards.