NEW YORK: Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello will try on the glass slipper when she takes on the lead role in a remake of “Cinderella,” a source close to the project said Tuesday.
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 source told AFP. The remake was first reported by the entertainment magazine The Hollywood Reporter.
Corden — best known for “The Late Late Show” and his “Carpool Karaoke” series — 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.