Disney has been working on live-action remakes of their core catalog since the late 1990s. Although they started with Glenn Close's marvelous 101 Dalmatians, more recent remakes include Mulan, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and now, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film, which was announced in 2016, is finally starting to see its cast come together.
Rachel Zegler has been cast in the titular role of Snow White.
The Hollywood Reporter announced on Oct. 31, 2016, that legendary songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen fame) would pen new songs for an upcoming live-action film, with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (who had just wrapped up The Girl on the Train's adaptation) to write the script.
Of course, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is nothing without its titular character, and on June 22, 2021, it was announced that actress Rachel Zegler will play the part of Snow White. Director Marc Webb said of the casting choice, "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 fairy tale."
Rachel recently won a Golden Globe Award for her work in West Side Story as Maria. Her talents have also scored her roles in other blockbusters such as Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Rachel has been posting videos of herself singing on YouTube since she was in high school and is known for her incredible abilities.
Who else is in the 'Snow White' cast?
According to Deadline, Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot has been cast as the Evil Queen in the live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Gal told People at the premiere of Red Notice that she was "so excited" to step into the Evil Queen's crown and fabulous shoes.
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Tony Award-winning actor Andrew Burnap would join Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot in Snow White as the male lead of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was also clarified that he will be playing an entirely new character after rumors spread that he would be playing Prince Ferdinand. He will reportedly not be the Prince nor will he be playing the Huntsman.
Characters yet to be cast include the titular seven dwarves, the Huntsman, and the Magic Mirror. Per The Hollywood Reporter, filming will begin in March 2022 in the United Kingdom.
Following the success of Disney's Cruella and the critical acclaim of Pasek and Paul, we do not doubt that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be a smashing success. The film currently has no release date, but production will begin soon, so a 2023 release date might be a reasonable time frame to expect.