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Sneakerella: release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

Sneakerella poster/key art
Sneakerella is a twist on a classic fairytale. (Image credit: Disney+)

Sneakerella is a modern gender-flipped twist on the classic fairytale Cinderella, set in the street-sneaker subculture of New York City.

Swapping the glass slippers for some stylish high-tops, the film focuses on teenager El (Chosen Jacobs) who has big dreams of becoming a sneaker designer, but hides his talent. But, things soon change when he has a chance encounter with Kira King (Lexi Underwood), and with passion and a sprinkle of magic, El finds the courage to achieve his dream.

This music-driven film has a star-studded cast, including Chosen Jacobs who shot to stardom after his role in the horror film It, and Lexi Underwood who is known for her role in Little Fires Everywhere.

We can’t wait to see the magic unfold in this modern interpretation.

Here’s everything we know about Sneakerella, one of the big new movies in 2022

Chosen Jacobs as El and Lexi Underwood as Kira King in Sneakerella

El's life changes when he meets Kira King. (Image credit: Disney/Roger Erickson)

Sneakerella release date 

Sneakerella will be released on Disney Plus on Friday, May 13, 2022.  

Sneakerella cast 

There’s an all-star ensemble fronting this new movie with Chosen Jacobs as El, Lexi Underwood as Kira King, Devyn Nekoda as Sami, Kolton Stewart as Zelly, John Salley as Darius King, Robyn Alomar as Liv, Yvonne Senat as Denise King, Bryan Clark as Trey, and many more.

Speaking about his main role in the movie, Chosen told The House of Pop that: "I loved that this story had so many different levels and it was not just a love story between El and Kira, Melissa’s character.

"It was also a journey of discovery for loving yourself and loving where you are from and I feel like that is such a universal lesson that we all need a reminder of as time goes on.

"You have to love yourself first before you can really love someone else. I think that’s a beautiful message and I am so excited to be part of something like that."

Devyn Nekoda as Sami

Devyn Nekoda plays El's best friend Sami. (Image credit: Disney/Brendan Adam-Zwelling)

Sneakerella plot 

Disney Plus has revealed the plot as: “El is an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. He hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who constantly thwart any opportunity that comes his way. 

“When El meets Kira King, the fiercely independent daughter of the legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King, 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. El is now ready to lace up and dream big.”

El dancing with Kira King

Sparks fly between sneaker royalty Kira King and aspiring sneaker designer El. (Image credit: Disney/Brendan Adam-Zwelling)

Is there a trailer?

You can watch the trailer below, where El’s best friend Sami encourages him to design some sneakers to impress 'sneaker royalty' Kira King. 

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!