An African Disney princess maybe coming our way soon enough!
Disney has acquired a pitch for Sadé, a live-action film with an African Princess lead, Deadline reports. The pitch was written by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer, and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has been attached to produce.
Shokunbi and Palmer will co-write the screenplay. It centres on 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.
If the project makes it to theatres, this will be the first time that an original Disney princess fairytale has an African female lead. Disney’s animated film, The Princess and the Frog, featured its first Black princess. Princess Tiana’s flick opened at the top of the box office when it debuted in 2009.
Tendo Nagenda, the executive vice president of production at Disney who brought Queen of Katwe to the big screen, is reported to be part of the Disney team leading the project.
We can’t wait to see how this all pans out!