This is us! Disney has cast a black prince. Niles Fitch will play a character named Prince Tuma in a new Disney Plus movie, Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, according to The Grio. Fitch is Disney’s first live-action black prince.
The actor shared the news via his Facebook account. “Welcome Disney’s first live-action Black prince! Coming to your home screens as Prince Tuma, streaming on Disney+ in Summer 2020!!”
Secret Society of Second-Born Royals follows a princess unlike those usually seen in Disney movies. Second-born Sam lives in the shadows of her older sister, Princess Eleanor, who is next in line to take the throne. But being younger means Sam gets superpowers and she gets drafted into a top-secret group of other gifted young recruits responsible for the world’s safety.
The cast includes Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Sam, Skylar Astin as Professor James Morrow, Élodie Yung as Catherine, Ashley Liao as Eleanor, and Noah Lomax as Mike.
Lee told Entertainment Weekly, “Sam is going to be a unique addition to the Disney princess family because she doesn’t want to be a princess, she doesn’t want to be royalty. Because of that, it takes her on this journey of figuring out how to make it work for herself that’s going to break that delicate princess mold. When she finds this secret society that feels the same way, they figure out how to create their own legacy and have an impact on their country and the world.”
Fitch is best known for portraying the teenage version of Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson on the NBC television show This Is Us. He made his television debut with a guest appearance in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, followed by a recurring role in Season 7 of Army Wives. He has appeared in the movies St. Vincent and Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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