Rachel Zegler, according to Deadline, is set to star in the live action retelling of Snow White.

You may not have heard of Zegler yet, but she is playing Maria Vasquez in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, due out Dec 2021 and she is currently filming Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Disney seemed to like her, since she is set to star in the live action version of Snow White. Marc Webb is set to direct and said about her :

“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.”

Apparently, the casting process for the movie has been going on for months. When Zegler auditioned, she impressed everyone and, insiders say, that some footage of West Side Story was shown and it sealed the deal for her.

To get the role in West Side Story, she beat more than 30,000 actresses who auditioned, so there must have been some ‘star quality’ that Spielberg saw in her.

Some notes to take some this :

  • It’s another Disney reboot.
  • There is now a Latino playing Snow White.
  • No mention of any Dwarfs, since the term is considered offensive now.
  • At the end of story, Snow White is kissed without giving her consent.

There is a sense of irony, that the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was an original piece of work, that pushed boundaries and technology and proved what an innovator Walt Disney was.

Snow White is set to begin production in 2022, with no release date set at the moment.

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