“Sneakerella” is the new Disney+ movie starring Chosen Jacobs premiere today!
Set in New York’s vibrant street sneaker subculture, “Sneakerella” is a contemporary take on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale, with a dose of music.
Jacobs plays El, an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a warehouse clerk at the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. But, of course, her overworked stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers don’t understand her biggest dreams. When El meets Kira King (Lexi Underwood), the fiercely independent daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker mogul Darius King (John Salley), sparks fly as they bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers.
Jacobs spoke to EUR about the usual Cinderella fairy tale twist and what he learned about shoe design.
“This role is a gift,” Jacobs said, “to be able to step into such a beautiful story that has spanned the generations like ‘Cinderella.’ But to be able to add a twist to it with those beautiful songs and awesome dance numbers combined with the beauty of sneaker culture allowed me to take everything out of my toolbox and add it to a movie.
When it comes to sneakers, Jacobs said El beat him when it comes to his dedication to sneakers. Jacobs said he’s a dedicated Nike Air Force One guy. “I keep about three or four pairs in my crib at all times. I keep them rotating.
Jacobs says working on “Sneakerella” gave him a better appreciation for the manufacturing side of shoes. “As a buyer, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what went into the design of a shoe,” Jacobs said. “Someone put this sole together. Someone chooses the laces, the body, the shape; all these beautiful ideas went into something that I walk in. I think it’s special. You live in the art It’s living art.”
“Sneakerella” also stars Devyn Nekoda, Bryan Terrell Clark, Kolton Stewart, Hayward Leach, Juan Chioran, Robyn Alomar and Yvonne Senat Jones.
The Disney+ Original Movie “Sneakerella” will premiere Friday, May 13 only on Disney+.