‘Snow White’ Remake Reveals First Look at Rachel Zegler as Disney Princess at D23

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

Fans were treated to the first look at Disney’s remake of “Snow White” at the D23 Expo on Friday, revealing Rachel Zegler in the role of the first Disney princess.

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The 30-second teaser opened with the Evil Queen’s iconic question to her magic mirror. Snow White wears her signature costume in the video, which ends with the poison apple falling.

Stars Zegler and Gal Gadot were on hand to tease the film.

“I didn’t even see it! I didn’t see what you saw!” Zegler said through tears.

“There’s so much emphasis on what it meant to be the fairest of them all,” she said later, referring to the film’s opening line.

“It was very different from anything I’ve ever done before. I’m used to playing at the other end where the heart should be,” Gadot added.

A musical retelling of the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the live-action “Snow White” is closely based on 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney’s first feature film and the world’s first full-length animated film. As in the original picture, the story centers on Zegler’s Snow White, a beautiful young princess orphaned at a young age and living with her cruel stepmother, the Queen (Gadot). When the Queen’s magic mirror proclaims that Snow White has surpassed her in beauty, she begins a series of plans to murder the child, forcing Snow White to flee their castle and eventually take refuge with seven dwarfs who live in the forest.

Along with Zegler and Gadot, the film also stars Andrew Burnap, Tony winner for 2019’s “The Inheritance,” as Snow White’s love interest, while “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor Martin Klebba plays Grumpy, a of the seven dwarfs. The live-action film has faced some backlash regarding its casting, with Zegler speaking out about the racist criticism she received from fans angry that a Latina was playing Snow White. Additionally, actor Peter Dinklage publicly criticized Disney for remaking the film, calling it a “fucked backwards” depiction. of people with dwarfism. The company responded to Dinklage’s comments by claiming it consulted with the dwarfism community to “avoid reinforcing stereotypes” present in the original animated film.

‘Snow White’ is directed by Marc Webb, best known for the films ‘500 Days of Summer’ and Andrew Garfield’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man’. The screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson and “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, while “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Greatest Showman” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote new songs for the remake. Webb is producing the film, which is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to “Snow White,” other live-action Disney remakes on the docket include 2023’s “The Little Mermaid” and the Disney+ movie “Peter Pan & Wendy,” as well as “Hercules” and “Lilo & Stitch” which reportedly circulating in development.

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