I actually quite like this tale and I’m surprised it hasn’t been adapted. It might be a little difficult unless you make it super dramatic, I suppose.
Twisted Tales is a series of photosets depicting POC fancasts of fairytales that are traditionally cast as not-POC.
Adria Arjona as the Princess
Alex Meraz as the Humble Man
It was a bitter thing for the Tsar her father to gaze at his doleful daughter. He used to open his imperial palace to whoever would be his guest. “Come,” he said, “come and try to enliven the Princess Without a Smile: any one who succeeds shall gain her as his wife.” And as soon as he had said this all folk thronged up at the gates of the palace, driving up from all sides, coming on foot, Tsarévichi and princes’ sons, boyárs and noblemen, military folk and civil. Feasts were celebrated, rivers of mead flowed, and the Princess would not smile.