“When hearts are high the time will fly, so whistle while you work,” sang the Seven Dwarfs (for the record: Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy and Sleepy) in Walt Disney’s legendary 1938 animated opus Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Though ostensibly singing about making it through another work day with a smile on your face, they could just as easily have been ruminating on their own happiness and excitement upon discovering that they now have a genuine Disney live-action film about their exploits forthcoming and, what’s more, they have a real flesh and blood Snow White to trade barbs with. Think of it as Pinocchio for a 21st Century audience. Me? Hey, I rather worship at the altar of the animated ’38 effort, but I’ve always been something of a traditionalist…
According to our Grimm compatriots across the cyber street at Variety, Disney’s live-action remake of its classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has found its Snow – and it ain’t Adriana Caselotti (the actress who gave the titular Snow White a voice in ’38): Ladies and Gents, let’s give a big and warm Walt Disney welcome to the new Snow White, actress Rachel Zegler!
For those not in the know, Rachel Zegler has the industry abuzz with her upcoming work in director Steven Spielberg’s remake of the nigh iconic Robert Wise film West Side Story. Hmmm, beginning to see a pattern here and I can almost picture The Player-like dialogue playing out between Big Wheels at the major Hollywood studios: “We want an up and coming, talented actress for a remake of a classic film? Get Rachel Zegler’s agent on the phone ASAP!”
Director Marc Webb who wowed this critic with his film 500 Days of Summer will be taking the directing reigns for the Snow White live-action remake. Webb said in a press release that “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.”
For her part, Zegler was rhapsodic about her casting via the vexing social platform known as Twitter: “I HAVE MANIFESTED MY ENTIRE LIFE I THINK I THINK.” No big fan of Twitter – obviously, eh? – I must say that this sweet bit on her casting even melted my cold, snarky heart. Way to go, Rachel!
Disney’s live action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is anticipated to begin shooting sometime in 2022; stay tuned all of you Vieni Vieni fans!