Lexi Underwood to Star in Disney’s Sneakerella
Lexi Underwood, the spectacular newcomer who delivered her personal performing efficiency to recollect subsequent to Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon’s masterful ones in Hulu’s Little Fires In every single place, is the newest younger Black star to be tapped by Disney to play a modern-day princess.
Underwood will star in an upcoming pop/hip-hop film adaptation of Cinderella from Disney dubbed Sneakerealla, stories Deadline. The 17-year-old has been forged alongside NBA star-turned actor John Salley, who will play her character’s sneaker tycoon father, and Chosen Jacobs, one other upcoming younger Black actor in Hollywood.
The movie might be set in New York and take some bits of magical inspiration from the basic Cinderella story, whereas that includes some “unbelievable music and gravity-defying choreography” in response to Disney.
Described as a pop/hip-hop musical that leaves a sneaker tradition imprint on the Cinderella fairy story, Sneakerella is set within the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York Metropolis. It introduces El (Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a inventory boy within the shoe retailer that after belonged to his late mom. El hides his creative expertise from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who continuously stomp on any alternative that comes his manner. When El meets Kira King (Underwood), the fiercely impartial daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King (Salley), sparks fly as the 2 bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers. With somewhat nudge from his greatest good friend and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the braveness to make use of his expertise to pursue his dream of changing into a ‘legit’ sneaker designer in the trade.
Underwood hopped on Twitter to rejoice her entry into the Disney canon:
“Disney’s obtained one other Black princess y’all,” stated Underwood, possible making reference to the truth that different younger queens within the trade have secured headline roles in variations of iconic Disney tales.
Final month it was introduced that Yara Shahidi of Black-ish fame will play Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action telling of Peter Pan. Halle Bailey, of the sister singing duo Chloe x Halle, was additionally memorably forged final yr as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid.
Sneakerella is at the moment in manufacturing and is ready to premiere on Disney+ in 2021.