Disney has quietly delayed the upcoming Disney+ Original movie, “Sneakerella”, which was previously scheduled to arrive on February 18, 2021.
The news comes via the Disney+ app as the “Coming Soon” page for “Sneakerella” shows a new date of May 13, 2021. The date has been updated in multiple countries, so it appears to be a global delay. “The Ice Age Adventures Of Bulk Wild”, another upcoming Disney+ Original, was also recently delayed, but only for select countries.
The delay came as a surprise as Disney promoted the movie just in November on Disney+ Day. No reason for the delay has been given.
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 (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.
Talented up-and-coming actors Chosen Jacobs (“It”) and Lexi Underwood (“Little Fires Everywhere”) will star alongside four-time NBA Champion John Salley in the new Disney+ original movie, “Sneakerella.”
Additional casting includes Devyn Nekoda (“Backstage”) as El’s best friend Sami; Juan Chioran (“Cheetah Girls”) as El’s friendly neighbor Gustavo; Robyn Alomar (“Utopia Falls”) as Kira’s sister Liv; Bryan Terrell Clark (“Hamilton!” on Broadway) as El’s stepfather Trey; Kolton Stewart (“Locke & Key”) and Hayward Leach (“Dare and Truth”) as El’s stepbrothers Zelly and Stacy, respectively.
With writing by Tamara Chestna (“After”) and George Gore II (“My Wife and Kids”) & Mindy Stern (“The Baxters”), “Sneakerella” features choreography duo Emilio Dosal and Ebony Williams (“In the Heights”). Christopher Scott (“In the Heights”) will serve as co-producer.