Disney remaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in live-action ‘makes no sense’ to Peter Dinklage.
Peter Dinklage isn’t holding back with his thoughts about Disney’s live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake. Last year, it was announced that West Side Story star Rachel Zegler would lead the new Snow White film as the titular Disney princess. As we’ve seen happen with titles like The Lion King and Aladdin in recent years, the film is being developed as a live-action reimagining of the animated movie.
Speaking about the film on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, Dinklage expressed his frustration with the Disney remake. For his part, Dinklage takes exception to how some fans have been praising Disney’s decision to cast a Latina actress while missing the bigger problem of how the Snow White story portrays its titular dwarfs. The actor doesn’t seem to feel that Disney deserves to get the credit for being “progressive” with Zegler’s casting if the character’s seven best friends are still portrayed the same way. Here’s how Dinklage explains it on the podcast.
“I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. 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 and you’re still making that f–king backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f–k are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
Snow White Is Just the Latest Disney Movie to Get the Live-Action Treatment
Disney’s strategy of taking classic animated movies and remaking them in live-action is obviously nothing new. The House of Mouse has been at it for years, and because these remakes have proven to be very financially successful, Disney’s been slowly working their way through their entire animated library of titles. It was just a matter of time before they got to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, though Peter Dinklage is clearly hoping the film will be making some big changes to the way it portrays Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, and Sleepy.
Just recently, it was announced that Andrew Burnap had been cast in a mystery role for the film, leading to speculation the Tony Award winner will be the Prince or even the Huntsman. It was also announced that Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will be taking on a villainous role as the Evil Queen in the movie. It’s not yet clear what the plan is for the seven dwarfs.
Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs live-action remake does not yet have an official release date. Marc Webb is directing the feature with Marc Platt producing. The script comes from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who previously worked on the musicals La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Production is slated to start in the spring in the U.K. More casting announcements are likely to come in the near future.
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