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Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer Cast as stepsisters in Sony’s ‘Cinderella’



Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer Cast as stepsisters in Sony’s ‘Cinderella’


Cinderella is still one of the most well-known fairytales in our society, with a swarm of adaptations hitting the big and small screens in recent decades. Sony plans to adapt the classic narrative into a musical comedy next year, and it’s hiring an unusual ensemble to tell it. Maddie Baillio and Charlotte Spencer have been cast as the stepsisters in the forthcoming Cinderella film, according to a new report from Deadline.

Baillio made her name as Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live, with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Kristin Chenoweth. She is represented by Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty, Soffer / Namoff Entertainment, and Peikoff Mahan Law Office. She recently appeared in Dumplin’, a Netflix film starring Jennifer Anniston and Danielle Macdonald.

Spencer’s small-screen credits include Sanditon, Watership Down, and The Living and the Dead.

The reimagined musical comedy, which is set to reach cinemas on February 5, 2021, follows an aspirational young heroine whose ambitions are greater than the world will allow.

Camilla Cabello takes the lead in this film. Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, and Nicholas Galitzine star in writer-director Kay Cannon’s rendition of the famous fable.

Cabello, who was a member of Fifth Harmony before going solo, became a global sensation last year with her single “Havana” and first album “Camilla,” which debuted at No. 1 on 110 iTunes charts around the world.


Porter recently told E! News, “The only thing I can know is that I am calling it a Cinderella for the #MeToo era. That’s all I really know.”

“We start filming in February and I have only had preliminary conversations about it over the phone,” Porter added.

The new modern-day Cinderella film is based on an original idea by Tony Award winner James Corden, who will also produce the film. It will be directed by Emmy nominee Kay Cannon (Blockers), who will also adapt the script. The narrative and the music that will be incorporated in the film are being kept under wraps.

Corden is best known as the host of “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” He played an insurance investigator in “Ocean’s Eight”, and in the forthcoming “Cats” film, he plays Bustopher Jones.

On February 5, 2021, the film will be released in theaters.

The most well-known “Cinderella” films are Disney’s animated drama from 1950 and two live-action remakes, one from 1997 starring Brandy and Whitney Houston and the other from 2015 featuring Lily James. The latter was an international success, grossing $543 million.

“It was one of those things that felt like God handcrafted it for me and was, like, ‘Here you go,'” Camilla said in an interview with Variety in August 2019. Cabello reveals this to Variety. “I just couldn’t say no. It’s honestly a dream for me. And also a little bit terrifying.”

Cabello addressed her anxiety head-on for the part, which she described as “funny” and a “new, more empowered version of the story.”

“For my first acting classes, I was, like, ‘What the f– am I doing here? This is so scary.’ But my acting coach, Anthony Meindl, taught me it’s all about the act of surrender and ‘the art of listening,’ as opposed to being in your head. That’s the only technique he has for acting, as simple as it is.”

Cabello used the technique to learn her lines, letting go of her ideas and “trusting that the moment will take you where you need to go,” as she puts it. “Literally just listen and let your body react; let it do the work for you. … Feelings are so layered. I’m angry; I’m disappointed; I’m scared; so there’s no way that you can really act that. My big problem is being in my head a lot, overanalyzing and overthinking, to the point where it sucks the joy out of things that are joyous.”

Cabello, who enjoys watching movies and recently binge-watched the whole “Game of Thrones” series, named Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep as actors she admires, describing the latter’s skills as “alien level.” Of Halle Bailey, who is set to star in the film adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” Cabello offered: “My God, she’s amazing. As a Disney fan, I got so excited when I heard [she was cast] because I love her voice. And she actually resembles a real-life princess!”

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