As Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage pointed out in a new interview, Disney appeared eager to earn applause for casting Latino actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White in a planned remake of its animated classic, but hasn’t said anything about casting. other central characters of the story, the seven dwarfs.
While focusing on the diversity of its roster of Disney princess characters, Disney didn’t say anything about the fact that the traditional Snow White story includes seven dwarfs, which Dinklage emphasized when he called the idea of a remake “(expletive) upside down.” ”
“There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on,” Dinklage said in an interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, which aired on Monday. “Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little overwhelmed when they were very proud that they cast a Latin American actress for the role of Snow White. But you are still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and see what you’re doing there. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
“You’re progressive in a way, but you’re still telling this (expletive) story about seven dwarfs living together in a cave, what the (expletive) are you doing, dude?” Dinklage continued. He added, half-jokingly, “Didn’t I do something to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
Disney hasn’t said anything about what he’s doing with the dwarves in his new movie, Snow White. The focus of his press releases was that Zegler, West Side Story’s breakout star, played the beautiful beleaguered princess. Disney also announced in November that it had signed Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot to play her evil stepmother queen.
The original Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1938. Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it was Disney’s first animated feature film and was a huge success for the studio, according to Deadline.
Insiders told Deadline that the new live-action film, set to begin production this year, will “expand the story and music from the original.” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oscar and Tony winners for La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen, will write new songs for the film, according to Deadline.
Deadline added that Disney was in no hurry to find the right actress to play Snow White. Disney also took the time to “get the music right”.
But it’s not known if Disney is spending as much time thinking about how to update the story so it truly reflects 2022’s ideas about diversity and representation. According to IMDB, so far the only actors officially attached to the film are Zegler and Gadot.
Variety reported that the studio hasn’t provided any information about whether or not it will cast the role of the seven dwarfs who take Snow White and protect her from her evil stepmother, and if so, how.
Dinklage told Maron that he would be thrilled if Disney would retell the tale with a “twist or progressive twist,” but he remains skeptical about how that could happen, simply retelling the traditional Snow White story in live action. form.