Brandy to play Cinderella again… 25 years after making history after portraying the princess

Brandy to play Cinderella AGAIN… 25 years after making history as the first Black actress to portray the princess

  •  Brandy will be reprising the role of Cinderella again, more than two decades after making history as the first Black actress to portray the beloved princess 
  •  The singer, 42, will be slipping back into her character’s famous glass slippers in the latest installment of Disney’s hit Descendants franchise
  •  Rita Ora will star as the Queen of Hearts who, according to the streamer, ‘rules over the kingdom of Wonderland with an iron fist’

Brandy will be reprising the role of Cinderella again, more than two decades after making history as the first Black actress to portray the beloved princess in 1997.

The singer, 42, will be slipping back into her character’s famous glass slippers as a new cast member in the latest installment of Disney’s hit Descendants franchise.

Rita Ora will also be participating in the upcoming film as the Queen of Hearts who, according to the streamer, ‘rules over the kingdom of Wonderland with an iron fist.’ 

Exciting: Brandy will be reprising the role of Cinderella again, more than two decades after making history as the first Black actress to portray the beloved princess in 1997; seen in 2021

Exciting: Brandy will be reprising the role of Cinderella again, more than two decades after making history as the first Black actress to portray the beloved princess in 1997; seen in 2021

The film was originally released on November 2, 1997 on ABC network, produced by Walt Disney Television.

The made for TV movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert L. Freedman and based on the Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale.

The diverse cast included Brandy, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber.

A princess: The singer, 42, will be slipping back into her character's famous glass slippers as a new cast member in the latest installment of Disney's hit Descendants franchise

A princess: The singer, 42, will be slipping back into her character’s famous glass slippers as a new cast member in the latest installment of Disney’s hit Descendants franchise

Role of a lifetime: The diverse cast of the original film included Brandy, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber (seen in 1997)

Role of a lifetime: The diverse cast of the original film included Brandy, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber (seen in 1997)

The movie is the second Rodgers and Hammerstein’s remake- with the original airing in 1957 on TV with Julie Andrews as the star; The original animated Disney film arrived in 1950.

The late Whitney Houston played Fairy Godmother in the film and also served as a co-producer.

Whitney had originally approached the producers of TV musical adaptation Gypsy (which aired in 1993 ) about making a remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella but the development was delayed for several years.

Memorable: Brandy became the first Black actress to portray Cinderella on screen; the diverse casting was a choice made by the producers to reflect how society evolved in the nineties; seen in 2019

Memorable: Brandy became the first Black actress to portray Cinderella on screen; the diverse casting was a choice made by the producers to reflect how society evolved in the nineties; seen in 2019

By the time it was greenlit by Disney, Whitney felt like she had outgrown the role and asked Brandy to play Cinderella.

Brandy became the first Black actress to portray Cinderella on screen; the diverse casting was a choice made by the producers to reflect how society evolved in the nineties.

The film, originally met with lukewarm reviews, became ABC’s most-watch TV musical in decades with the network’s highest Sunday ratings in 10 years.

Impressive: The film, originally met with lukewarm reviews, became ABC's most-watch TV musical in decades with the network's highest Sunday ratings in 10 years; seen in 2019

Impressive: The film, originally met with lukewarm reviews, became ABC’s most-watch TV musical in decades with the network’s highest Sunday ratings in 10 years; seen in 2019

More than 60 million people tuned in to watch the iconic film as well as their original music, which included Impossible, In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago, A Lovely Night and Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?’

The film garnered seven Emmy Nominations the following year and won Best Art Direction for a variety or music program.

Fans of the iconic movie have been waiting for the film’s release on Disney+, since the inception of the streaming service in November 2019.

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