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Disney developing Sadé fairytale movie about an African princess

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Jul 27, 2018

The current roster of Disney princesses is adding some much-needed diversity to their lineup.

The House of Mouse has reportedly agreed to develop Sadé, an original pitch about an African princess who must use her newly discovered magical powers to save her people from evil forces. 

According to Deadline, the titular princess is joined by the kingdom's prince before setting out on a fantastic adventure. Over the course of the film, she learns to embrace what makes her special, while attempting to save her beloved kingdom.

Disney accepted the pitch from newcomers Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer, who will write the screenplay, with Dope director Rick Famuyiwa attached to produce. So far, no announcements have been made in regard to a director or cast.

The announcement comes at a time when more and more fans are lobbying for studios to include more diversity in their stories. While a movie about a princess using her magic to ward off evil is about as Disney as you can get, this will be the first time "an original Disney princess fairytale is led by a female African character," according to Deadline. 

Worth noting that this announcement comes almost a decade since Disney's The Princess and the Frog graced the big screen. The 2009 animated fairy tale introduced the world to the first-ever black Disney princess, Tiana (who was voiced by Anika Noni Rose).

Earlier this year, Disney saw unprecedented success with Marvel's Black Panther, which (mostly) took place in the fictional African country of Wakanda. Given that Black Panther is currently the third-highest-grossing film in the U.S., Disney seems willing to tell more stories from different cultural perspectives. It also gifted us the character of Shuri (Letitia Wright), who is -- technically speaking -- a Disney princess herself. Just not an animated one.


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