Disney+ has announced a brand new original musical movie will be be streaming next year.
Sneakerella is described as a “pop/hip-hop musical” and is based on the classic Cinderella fairy tale.
Chosen Jacobs (It) and Lexi Underwood (Little Fires Everywhere) will star alongside four-time NBA Champion John Salley with production now underway.
Further casting includes Devyn Nekoda (Backstage) as El’s best friend Sami; Juan Chioran (Cheetah Girls) as El’s friendly neighbour Gustavo; Robyn Alomar (Utopia Falls) as Kira’s sister Liv; Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton! on Broadway) as El’s stepfather Trey; Kolton Stewart (Locke & Key) and Hayward Leach (Dare and Truth) as El’s stepbrothers Zelly and Stacy, respectively.
A teaser of the film shares: “Set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, Sneakerella introduces El (Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. El hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who constantly stomp on any opportunity that comes his way.
“When El meets Kira King (Underwood), the fiercely independent daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King (Salley), sparks fly as the two bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers.
“With a little nudge from his best friend and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the courage to use his talent to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘legit’ sneaker designer in the industry.”
The movie has been written by Tamara Chestna (After) and George Gore II (My Wife and Kids) & Mindy Stern (The Baxters), with choreography from In the Heights duo Emilio Dosal and Ebony Williams.
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