has found its Snow White
for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic, and no magic mirror is required.
According to Deadline, Rachel Zegler
, the 20-year-old Colombian-American star of Steven Spielberg's upcoming "West Side Story," has been cast as Disney's first princess and will appear in the remake of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
The latest in a long line of live-action Disney adaptations will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Marc Platt, with production set to begin next year.
“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are only the beginning of her gifts
; her strength, intelligence, and optimism will be essential in rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale,” Webb said in a statement.
“Well... hello to a dream come true,” Zegler wrote, alongside a screenshot of the Deadline casting announcement.
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According to Deadline, footage of Zegler in “West Side Story,” which will be released in December after a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic
, “blew everyone away and helped push the decision across the finish line.”
Zegler was one of 30,000 Latinx actors
who submitted video auditions for Spielberg's retelling of "West Side Story," and she landed the coveted role of Maria as a 17-year-old high school
Other studios have attempted to adapt “Snow White” for the big screen, with varying degrees of success. Two takes on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart as the fairest of them all, respectively, both hit theaters in 2012, with the latter spawning a Snow White-less prequel titled “The Huntsman: Wintour.”
But Disney has long wanted to reintroduce “Snow White” to a new generation, as the original film, released 90 years ago, was the studio’s first animated feature film and was a huge success story.
This new version will reportedly “expand upon the story and music
” with the help of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who previously collaborated on the live-action remake of “Aladdin” as well as films such as “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.”
Zegler has recently booked a key role in Warner Bros.' "Shazam! Fury of the Gods," the sequel