The Canadian cast of Disney+ ‘Sneakerella’ welcomed Americans ‘with open arms’ during COVID-19.


That Cinderella The story was brought to Canada for the filming of the new Disney+ movie Sneakerella, starring Chosen Jacobs, Lexi Underwood, professional basketball player John Salley and Ontario talent Devyn Nekoda.

Set in New York City but filmed in the Toronto area, we meet El (Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer who is stuck as a warehouse boy in a shoe store owned by his late mother and now run by his stepfather. While trying to score at a local sneaker drop, El meets Kira (Underwood), daughter of sneaker tycoon Darius King (Salley), which El sets in motion with his friend Sami (Nekoda), a “legitimate “ Sneaker to be designer.

Devyn Nekoda and Chosen Jacobs in Sneakerella on Disney+ (Disney/Ben Mark Holzberg)

“I would describe Sami as the girlfriend that I feel everyone needs, she’s El’s backbone, especially in the beginning of the film,” Nekoda said Yahoo Canada. “She’s uncompromisingly herself all the time, which I really admire about her.”

“To portray that on screen you have to have a connection in real life, and Chosen and I really had amazing chemistry on and off screen. We clicked right away and we were constantly cracking jokes or making up dances on set… Sometimes the crew would be like, ‘Okay, where’s Devyn? Where is the election? Where have they gone?’ … I think it’s really important to have that relationship between Chosen and Devyn that I think really shows in the film.”

Lexi Underwood, Chosen Jacobs in

Lexi Underwood, Chosen Jacobs in Sneakerella on Disney+ (Disney/Brendan Adam-Zwelling)

It’s no surprise that the traditional Cinderella The plot has been revised and revised several times, but Nekoda emphasized that this is the case Sneakerella’s use of music and “hints of magic throughout” that help the film stand out from the rest.

Additionally, Sneakerella was filmed during the COVD-19 pandemic, which meant Nekoda couldn’t really show her fellow cast members everything Toronto has to offer and followed the safety procedures for the film, so they ended up spending time together at her apartment.

“A lot of the projects I’m filming, most of them were all in and around Toronto, so shooting this film, a Disney+ film here in my hometown, I think it maybe calmed me down a bit, kept me grounded” said Nekoda.

“This is the first project I’ve done where the majority of the cast was American, so I felt a little special in that way that I was like, ‘This is my hometown.’ All the dancers actually in the film, I know most of them so we had like our Toronto crew and we just welcomed them with open arms.”


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