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Rick Famuyiwa Set to Produce Disney Live-Action Fairytale About an African Princess, Titled ‘Sadé’

Shuri may have new company as a Disney princess with Disney having acquired a live-action fairytale film.

Titled Sadé, the live-action fairytale is about an African Princess and is based on an original concept by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer, with Rick Famuyiwa attached on the project as a producer. Famuyiwa is known for his directorial work most notably Our Family Wedding, Confirmation as well as Dope.

The film is set to tell the story of a:

“…young African girl named Sadé who, when her kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force, accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people.With the help of the kingdom’s prince, Sadé embarks on an adventure that will allow her to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom.”

This move represents an expansion in voices that get to tell stories, signalling more  representation.

Disney introduced its first black princess in 2009 with the animated film “The Princess and The Frog”. Voiced by Anika Noni Rose, the film set in New Orleans explored voodoo, love, and culture through magic and music.

Sadé is written by Shokunbi and Palmer, with Scott Falconer set to be the executive producer on the project, however, a director and cast are yet to be announced.

Let us know your thoughts on the up and coming project? Are you excited to see a new Disney princess?

Source: Deadline

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