Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is one of the Disney animated classics that are about to become a movie live action. It is, of course, one more example of the studio’s undying interest in making updated remakes of its titles of yesteryear. On the one hand, this is how popular films have emerged that are sweeping the box office, such as Beauty and the Beast (2017) and The Lion King (2019), but not everything is hunky-dory. Negative criticism of those productions is a constant, and now —even before the start of filming— the famous Peter Dinklage already emits harsh comments towards the coming Snow White.
In the film live action from Snow Whitewill be Rachel Zegler —the young actor of Colombian descent who has just debuted in West Side Story by Steven Spielberg—who brings the titular character to life. Thanks to this, Peter Dinklage perceives something extremely plausible: that the very first Disney princess is played by a Latin actress. However, from the perspective of the star of Game of Thronesthat progressive quality is overshadowed when one reflects on the original plot and the portrayal given to people of short stature.
This is how Dinklage expressed himself during his recent intervention in the podcast WTF with Marc Maronvia Variety:
“There is a lot of hypocrisy. Literally no offense to anyone but I was a little surprised when they were so proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. Yet you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. She takes a step back and looks at what you’re doing there. It doesn’t make sense to me. You’re progressive in a way, but you keep telling that fucking retrograde story about seven dwarfs living together in a cave.«.
And I add:
“What the hell are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to promote the cause from my platform? I guess I’m not loud enough. I don’t know what studio it is, but they were very proud of it. All my love and respect for the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I just think: ‘What are they doing?’«
At the moment, there are no certainties about how Disney will adapt its emblematic grouping of “dwarfs”. If more voices join Peter Dinklage’s claims, perhaps the producers will decide to replace those figures with other politically correct ones who serve as Snow White’s faithful allies and protectors. In order to avoid or revive past controversies, it would not be the first time that the House of Mouse has removed popular characters from its remakes. It already happened with the dragon Mushu in mulan (2020).
On the other hand, if the upcoming movie Snow White choose to keep those singing miners, you probably won’t make the same mistake of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) with Kristen Stewart. At the time, that Universal Pictures film sparked controversy for using average-sized actors — including Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost and Ian McShane — to play short characters.
Apart from Rachel Zegler, only Gal Gadot is assured within the cast of Snow White, in the role of the Evil Queen. Directed by Marc Webb500 days with her) from a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson (the girl on the train) and Greta Gerwig (little women). The music will be provided by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oscar winners for La La Land.
The project is currently in pre-production. There is no tentative release date yet.
Peter Dinklage’s entry lashes out at Disney for Snow White’s live-action was first published in Cinema PREMIERE.