Disney Reimagining Seven Dwarfs for Upcoming Live-Action ‘Snow White’

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The Internet was buzzing after some photos from the filming of the new live-action Snow White film were leaked. While Disney has said these were not official photos, they did confirm that it was from the filming of the movie. Disney decided to switch up many of the classic characters, especially after actor Peter Dinklage made some comments. He said in an interview, “Literally no offense to anything, but I was sort of taken aback. They were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way, but you’re still making that f****** backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

While other members of the dwarfism community have said that he hasn’t really discussed the issue before and even said that his comments took away jobs they could have gotten, Disney decided to switch things up. At first, Disney said they were going to create “magical creatures” using CGI to replace the dwarves. Now, it appears they are having actors of different “genders, ethnicities, and heights,” to play the beloved characters.

WEST SIDE STORY, Rachel Zegler, 2021

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Rachel Zegler will play Snow White, which also caused some controversy since she is Latina and not technically “the fairest of them all.” Andrew Burnap will play Jonathan, the male lead, and the film reportedly will not have a Prince Charming as they want Snow White to be more of a strong female lead in the movie. Gal Gadot will play the Evil Queen while Ansu Kabia will play the Huntsman. Zegler has opened up about the new film in some recent interviews and says that it is not the same storyline as the classic. She explained, “We have a different approach to what I’m sure a lot of people will assume is a love story just because we cast a guy in the movie, Andrew Burnap, great dude. It’s one of those things that I think everyone’s going to have their assumptions about what it’s going to be, but it’s really not about the love story at all, which is really, really wonderful.” Zegler has also said that the original was made over 80 years ago and times have changed for women and the new movie will reflect that.


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The leaked photos also confused fans because it was actually Zegler and Burnap’s stand-ins that were seen in the costumes in the photos. Even with all of the controversies, fans can get excited about new songs and a reimagined plot. Snow White is set to be released on March 22, 2024. What’s your take on the film? Would you rather they stick to the classic 1937 film theme or are you excited for all of the changes? If Snow White doesn’t sound up your alley, Disney is also working on live-action films for Lilo & Stitch, Mufasa: The Lion King, Moana, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Aristocats, Hercules, and more.

A side note: It appears that the movie is being filmed in the UK which may exempt it from the current strikes. It also may be wrapping up filming according to reports.

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