In the words of Gabrielle, dreams can come true – and so it proved for those who waited in freezing temperatures for the UK premiere of Wish on Monday evening.
Disney fans were rewarded for their loyalty with a blue carpet parade of local and international talent as they celebrated the franchise’s new release outside Leicester Square venue Odeon Luxe.
Leading the central London glamour, leading lady Ariana DeBose commanded attention in a sweeping purple evening gown as she joined Rochelle Humes and Julia Michaels on the blue carpet.
The actress, 32, completed her look with silver platform heels and dazzling jewellery as she posed for the cameras.
Meanwhile Rochelle, 34, looked elegant in a black satin gown with a daring thigh-high split and strappy heels.
Gorgeous: The actress, 32, completed her look with silver platform heels and dazzling jewellery as she posed for the cameras
The TV personality was joined by her daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina Raine, while her husband Marvin Humes takes part in I’m A Celebrity.
Julia showed off her incredible figure in a black skin-tight gown and completed the look with a pale blue satin shrug.
Claire Sweeney turned heads in a dazzling semi-sheer midi dress with a nude bra underneath.
Jessica Wright stood out in an eye-catching red gown with a daring thigh-high split and matching gloves.
Helen Flanagan looked typically chic in a silk white dress and she walked the red carpet with daughter Matilda.
Family: The TV personality was joined by her daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina Raine, while her husband Marvin Humes takes part in I’m A Celebrity
Incredible: Claire Sweeney turned heads in a dazzling semi-sheer midi dress with a nude bra underneath
Sweet: The Dancing On Ice star was joined by her son Jaxon Reilly
Bold: Jessica Wright stood out in an eye-catching red gown with a daring thigh-high split and matching gloves
Mother and daughter: Helen Flanagan looked typically chic in a silk white dress and she walked the red carpet with daughter Matilda
She’s a young girl who lives in a magical kingdom ruled by Chris’ King Magnifico.
He’s supposed to grant the wishes made by his subjects, but as Asha learns soon after she goes to work as his assistant, the king only grants the wishes he chooses.
In an effort to make things more fair in the kingdom, Asha goes rogue and wishes upon a star, and ends up getting more than she bargained for.
Ariana previously said about the film: ‘Asha is magical.
‘And I think what I love about her is she’s so selfless. Her wish is not for herself, it’s for everyone around her and given the world we live in today, I think that’s a beautiful thing to have models for young people.’
In addition to making a ‘wish upon a star,’ Ariana said there are lots of hidden nuggets from other Disney films in the story, which helps celebrate its 100 years in cinema.
‘One of the hidden gems is that Asha has seven friends, SEVEN friends,’ she emphasized, ‘and they all have really, really cool personalities.’
She revealed there are also ‘seven gorgeous, new original songs,’ in the movie as well.
Ariana described Asha’s foe, King Magnifico as ‘an amazing Disney villain’ voiced by ‘the delicious Chris Pine… and I have to say, he’s quite good looking.’
Hidden gems: Wish is being released as part of Disney’s 100 year anniversary. Ariana said the movie is full of hidden gems from past films. She offered a hint about one gem revealing ‘Asha has seven friends, SEVEN friends, and they all have really, really cool personalities’
After winning an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice awards for her role as Anita in West Side Story, Ariana said she is still a ‘nervous vocalist.’
‘That is actually an area of my life that I work on building my self-confidence every day,’ she explained.
She said working with composer Julia Michaels she was able to shake off some of her concerns.
‘I believe in this music and it helped me find colors and abilities in my own vocals that I didn’t know were there.’
Wish opens in theaters the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22.