Disney is reportedly taking steps to avoid repeating prejudices from the 1937 animated picture Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the forthcoming Snow White remake, and the dwarfs may be replaced with mystical creatures. The original was based on the Brothers Grimm’s 1812 German fairytale and was Disney’s first full-length animated feature film.
Greta Gerwig, who is known for authoring Lady Bird and Little Women, is writing the new version, which is set to be released in 2023. Marc Webb, who directed Andrew Garfield in the Sony Pictures films The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is also directing it.
Disney’s currently in-development remake has been praised for hiring Rachel Zegler, the star of another recent remake, as the new Snow White in the anticipated live-action picture. Gal Gadot, who has previously appeared in Wonder Woman and Red Notice, will play the evil Evil Queen this time around. Andrew Burnap, who is rumoured to be playing the Prince, has also joined the cast. The most current information about the forthcoming remake has centred on comments made by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who described the dwarf story as “backwards.”
Disney has subsequently replied to Dinklage’s remarks, stating that they are aware of the prejudices in the original film and are “taking a different approach” in how the dwarfs are represented in the new Snow White.
The Snow White production is reportedly rumoured to be looking for voice performers…
Following Dinklage’s critique and Disney’s response, TheWrap now reports that Disney is looking to replace the dwarfs from earlier adaptations with “magical creatures,” according to casting sheets. There are no more specifics about the nature of the substitution of those individuals, or how it would affect the main plot or their relationship with Snow White herself, at this time. The replacement of the dwarfs with the “magical creatures” has yet to be confirmed by Disney.
The Snow White production is reportedly rumoured to be looking for voice performers to give the “magical creatures” specific personalities. This suggests that this new version of the seven characters may need a lot of CGI to depict them visually on screen. However, because the picture isn’t set to hit theatres until 2023, no major details are expected to emerge anytime soon.
Disney has previously updated classic films for modern audiences with live-action remakes such as Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and others. The films and reforms that resulted have been met with different degrees of success. Mushu was completely removed from the live-action rendition of Mulan in 2020s Mulan, while Mulan’s love interest, Li Shang, was separated into two new characters.
Meanwhile, the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast was praised for including LeFou, played by Josh Gad, as an openly gay character. Given Disney’s past, it appears that they are paying attention to how various groups are portrayed on-screen while also making innovative selections that viewers will like.