Brandi will soon be dusting off her ball gown and glass slippers with the help of some Disney magic.
The Grammy winner is set to reprise her role as Cinderella in the Disney+ movie “The Pocketwatch,” which is described as a “music and dance-packed” addition to the popular “Descendants” franchise. She will appear in the film alongside fellow cast members Kylie Cantrall, Rita Ora, and Dara Renee.
Directed by Jennifer Fang, “The Pocketwatch” is set in the 2015 fantasy universe Descendants, which chronicles the teenage children’s lives of some of Disney’s most beloved characters. According to Variety, Mia Baker will play Chloe, the cheerful but naive daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
The release date of the film has not been announced.
On Monday, Brandy shared her excitement for the project on Instagram with a playful wink at her performance of 1997’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”
The Grammy winner was just 18 years old when she was first cast in that TV musical, which premiered to ratings on ABC and also starred Whoopi Goldberg, Whitney Houston, and Paolo Montalban.
Composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II originally choreographed the musical for CBS in 1957, with Julie Andrews in the title role. A second CBS production followed eight years later, starring Leslie Ann Warren. The 1997 version, unlike those previous incarnations, boasted a racially diverse cast.
Although “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” received mixed reviews upon its original release, it’s now considered a modern classic and an enduring testament to Houston, who passed away in 2012. Last year, it was added to the Disney+ streaming service with much fanfare.
My dreams, when I was a little girl, [were] To be a singer, have our own band and meet Whitney Houston. That was it,” Brandi told ABC in August in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary. “I had no idea my destiny would take me to the role of Cinderella, to be the first woman of color to play her, and then to Whitney Houston to be my fairy godmother.”