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Disney+ Announces New Modern Musical 'Sneakerella' Starring Chosen Jacobs & Lexi Underwood

Disney+ Announces New Modern Musical 'Sneakerella' Starring Chosen Jacobs & Lexi Underwood

Disney has just announced a brand new Cinderella-type musical called Sneakerella!

The upcoming pop/hip hop musical film will premiere on Disney+ in 2021 with stars Chosen Jacobs and Lexi Underwood.

Here’s a synopsis: Set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, “Sneakerella” introduces El (Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. El hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who constantly stomp on any opportunity that comes his way.

When El meets Kira King (Underwood), the fiercely independent daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King (John Salley), sparks fly as the two bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers. With a little nudge from his best friend and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the courage to use his talent to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘legit’ sneaker designer in the industry.

Sneakerella brings a vibrant, modern approach to a beloved story by suggesting that magic is the result of hard work and determination and exists within each of us. Liz Allen‘s unique vision, Lexi and Chosen‘s amazing chemistry, the incredible music and the gravity-defying choreography, will bring this movie to life and inspire audiences of all ages,” Lauren Kisilevsky, vice president, Original Movies, Disney Channel, said in a statement.

Sneakerella has already begun production with Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum directing.

Additional casting includes Devyn Nekoda as El’s best friend Sami, Juan Chioran as El’s friendly neighbor Gustavo, Robyn Alomar as Kira’s sister Liv, and Bryan Terrell Clark as El’s stepfather Trey, with Kolton Stewart and Hayward Leach as El’s stepbrothers Zelly and Stacy, respectively.

Marsai Martin, Storm Reid & More Take On 'Don't Rush' Challenge

Marsai Martin, Storm Reid & More Take On 'Don't Rush' Challenge

Marsai Martin shared her take on the viral TikTok “Don’t Rush” challenge!

The 15-year-old black-ish actress enlisted a bunch of her friends to do it as well, including Storm Reid, Eris Baker, Skai Jackson, Riele Downs, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Kyla Drew and Lexi Underwood.

“Don’t rush, stay home 😉,” Marsai captioned the video on Instagram. Check it out below!

The “Don’t Rush” challenge goes like this, according to Teen Vogue: “One friend starts off in loungewear before transforming into full glam, and then they “pass the torch” to another of their BFFs — usually by throwing a makeup brush or some other beauty product to the next person in the cycle.”

Marsai Martin, Storm Reid, Skai Jackson, & More Take On 'Don't Rush' TikTok Challenge (Video)

Marsai Martin, Storm Reid, Skai Jackson, & More Take On 'Don't Rush' TikTok Challenge (Video)

Marsai Martin, Storm Reid, Skai Jackson, and more stars team up for a fun TikTok video!

The actresses – from their own homes while social distancing – put their own spin on the #DontRushChallenge.

The video, which Marsai posted on Instagram on Friday (April 3), also includes Eris Baker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Riele Downs, Lexi Underwood, and Kyla Drew Simmons.

The challenge involves ditching sweats for a more glam look, but Marsai Martin and her pals switched it up by going from more dressed up to stay-at-home attire.

Watch below!

ICYMI, be sure to also watch Dove Cameron and Thomas Doherty channel Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick in a funny new TikTok video.

Lexi Underwood Almost Quit Acting Before 'Little Fires Everywhere'

Lexi Underwood Almost Quit Acting Before 'Little Fires Everywhere'

Lexi Underwood almost gave up acting right before landing her role in Little Fires Everywhere!

The 16-year-old actress revealed that she wanted to pack up and go home instead of going to the audition for the show because she had just lost a different pilot.

“I was ready to pack up and go home. I didn’t want to do the audition for Little Fires…I’d been doing this for almost five years now. It’s been a journey. There’s been a lot of nos. There’s also been a lot of yeses,” Lexi told HarpersBAZAAR.com

She continued, “I’m not from L.A., I’m from D.C. It was that sense of missing home at that point. I was like, I don’t even know what I’m doing. My mom told me, ‘You’ve been wanting this audition for so long. Just go in and give it your all, and whatever happens, happens. And after, if you don’t book it and you want to go back home, then that’s totally fine.’”

Storm Reid & Asante Blackk's 'When They See Us' Wins at NAACP Image Awards 2020

Storm Reid & Asante Blackk's 'When They See Us' Wins at NAACP Image Awards 2020

Storm Reid hits the red carpet at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday (February 22) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 16-year-old Euphoria actress was joined by her When They See Us co-stars Asante Blackk and Caleel Harris.

When They See Us picked up the award for Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special, and Caleel was up for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special, but lost out to their co-star Jharrel Jerome.

Also in attendance were UsShahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. Their film was nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture, while Shahadi was nominated for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture, which she lost to Marsai Martin for Little.

Asante‘s This Is Us co-star Lyric Ross stepped out as she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series). She unfortunately did not win either award.

Little Fires Everywhere actress Lexi Underwood was also in attendance. Lexi appeared in several episodes of Netflix’s Family Reunion, which won Outstanding Children’s Program.

Many of the awards were handed out the night before. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

FYI: Storm is wearing a Thom Browne look. Asante is wearing Gucci. Shahadi is wearing a Pantora Noir dress with Hearts On Fire earrings and Memoire jewelry. Lyric is wearing a Gaurav Gupta dress, Saint Laurent shoes, Atelier Swarovski jewelry, and a Marzook bag. Lexi is wearing an Atelier Swarovski ring and earrings.

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Jade Pettyjohn Joins 'Little Fires Everywhere' Cast For Brunch!

Jade Pettyjohn Joins 'Little Fires Everywhere' Cast For Brunch!

Jade Pettyjohn kicked off her day with the Little Fires Everywhere cast!

The 19-year-old actress stepped out for a press brunch hosted by Hulu on Wednesday (February 19) at Ross House in Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jade Pettyjohn

Jade was joined by her co-stars Gavin Lewis, Lexi Underwood, Megan Stott and Jordan Elsass.

Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

The show premieres on March 18th on Hulu.

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black-ish's Marsai Martin & mixed-ish's Arica Himmel Attend 'Essence' Luncheon!

black-ish's Marsai Martin & mixed-ish's Arica Himmel Attend 'Essence' Luncheon!

The young stars of the “ish” universe step out for the 2020 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday (February 6) at the Four Seasons’ Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

black-ish‘s Marsai Martin and mixed-ish‘s Arica Himmel were both in attendance at the annual event!

Lots of rising stars in Hollywood were in attendance at the event, including Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Laura Harrier, WavesTaylor Russell, If Beale Street Could Talk‘s KiKi Layne, Charlie’s AngelsElla Balinska, UsShahadi Wright Joseph, Stranger ThingsPriah Ferguson, Euphoria‘s Storm Reid, Star‘s Ryan Destiny, Little Fires Everywhere‘s Lexi Underwood, Snowfall‘s Damson Idris, and Broadway star Jeremy Pope.

FYI: Laura is wearing an Alessandra Rich dress. KiKi is wearing a David Koma dress. Marsai is wearing a Lisou dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. Storm is wearing a Sergio Hudson dress. Lexi is wearing a kate spade new york blazer and skirt. Priah is wearing kate spade new york. Ella is wearing a Lanvin outfit and Christian Louboutin shoes.

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