Sstress HIS takes his passion for the arts into the realm of acting. According Deadlinethe musician—born Gabrielle Wilson— will star in the live-action anime adaptation of The beauty and the Beast.
The ABC project, dubbed Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, is a revamped take on the classic Disney film that debuted in 1991. Wilson will portray Belle, becoming the first African-Filipino woman to play the role on screen. The We did it The singer, who is also part of the production team, hopes her involvement in the project illustrates the importance of representation.
“I can’t believe I could be part of the The beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a beautiful black and Filipina! she shared in a statement, according to the outlet. “I’ve always wanted to be a Disney Princess, and I work with two wonderful directors, Hamish Hamilton and my favorite, Jon M. Chu. It’s very surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The Executive Director of Adaptation Jon M Chu added that Wilson’s creativity and passion for storytelling made him the perfect fit for the role. “With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, HER is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we are thrilled for the audience to see her in this celebration of creativity,” he said. “We were both influenced as storytellers by the original animated film, so it’s very exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of this timeless classic while inspiring a whole new generation of creators.”
The two-hour special, created in collaboration by Done + Dusted, Electric Somewhere and Walt Disney Television Alternative, is set to air Dec. 15.
News of Wilson’s new role comes nearly a year after it was announced that he was joining the cast of The purple colorthe musical adaptation of the film which will be released next year.
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