Over the years, and particularly in recent times, we have seen many production companies 'shoot their shot' at retelling classic, animated tales through a modern, live-action lense. Some, have landed brilliantly; while others have unfortunately served as a reminder not to touch what isn't broken. But in true Hollywood style, that hasn't stopped producers and directors from taking another punt; and the most recent addition to the line-up – news of a Snow White live-action remake – is one we are unashamedly thrilled about.
First off, Snow White is one of the OG fairytales; courtesy of legendary brother duo Jacob and Wilhem Grimm. Aka, the Brothers Grimm. Many of their other iconic tales like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty; have already had their time to shine as Disney live-action remakes, so it only makes sense that Snow White be next in line.
Though Disney and the creatives behind the film have certainly drip-fed us updates on the film; we've finally been served a major update with the announcement of who will play the titular role of Snow White. A current familiar face in the world of remakes; West Side Story's Rachel Zegler has been selected as the latest Disney Princess.
If the news of a Snow White live-action film also plays on your childhood heartstrings; you'll find all the details on the upcoming film, below.
What will the remake be about?
According to Deadline, the film is set to expand on the original story and music from the 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. At the time, the film marked Disney's first entirely animated feature – so, with the 84 years that have passed since then, we can only imagine how the story and visuals will be enhanced today.
The studio has enlisted Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman); to help with the composition of new songs for the adaptation.
Who has been cast so far in the Snow White film?
So far, we only know that Rachel Zegler, who is starring as Maria in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake, has been cast as Snow White for the film. Reportedly, the studio has chosen to take their time with the casting to ensure that they are entirely happy with the final selection.
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Speaking to Deadline, director Marc Webb shared; "Rachel's extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts... Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale."
Do we have a release date yet?
Unfortunately, there is no release date in sight just yet. All we know is that production is due to begin in 2022; so it might be some time before the Snow White live-action remake hits our screens.