Disney’s Snow White in flesh and blood will be Latina

In a new step towards diversity, the Snow White from Disney in real action (with actors) he will be of Latino descent. Rachel Zegler, who will also be Maria in the version of West Side Story from Steven Spielberg, will sing and will be surrounded by the dwarfs of the mine.

And it will be necessary to see if the kiss of eternal love with which the prince awakens the maiden in a glass coffin, happens or not, or if it is canceled.

But that will take a long time.

Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) is Tony, and Rachel Zegler, María Vasquez in Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” Disney Photo

The choice of a Latina may seem like a surprising decision, but Disney had already surprised almost two years ago when in July 2019 it announced that The little Mermaid, white and red-haired, was to be interpreted in its live action version by the African-American singer Halle Bailey.

The truth is that Zegler has been cast as Snow White for the Disney remake of the classic fairy tale. It is not known how many other actresses won the pulse, but before starting to rehearse the new songs that Snow White will have, she will be debuting on the big screen as María Vasquez in West Side Story (Love without barriers) by Steven Spielberg, which will premiere first in Argentina than in its country of origin, because of those things that in Argentina the premieres are on Thursdays, and in the United States, on Fridays.

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer at the "Shazam!"  original.  Rachel is filming the sequel ... Photo WB

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in the “Shazam!” original. Rachel is filming the sequel … Photo WB

Meanwhile, Rachel is filming another blockbuster. Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the sequel to the 2019 DC Comics smash hit.

Who is this girl

Not much is known about Rachel so far. He was born in New Jersey on May 3, 2001. His mother is of Colombian origin. Her father is “three-quarters” of Polish descent, and the rest are Italian / German. Rachel has an older sister, Jacqueline, who works as a journalist and photographer. A photo he had taken of Rachel was posted on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood List 2020.

Rachel was 17 when Spielberg approved her at the casting of Love without barriers, to embody the same role as Rita Moreno in the 1961 version.

"Snow White" it was Disney's first animated feature film.  It premiered in 1937. Photo File Clarín

“Snow White” was Disney’s first animated feature film. It premiered in 1937. Photo File Clarín

And shortly after her choice to be Snow White was announced, Zegler tweeted: “I have stated all my life that I believe, I believe,” all written in capital letters. She also shared a video on Twitter meeting the Disney princess with the caption. “girl from home, we have a LOT of things to catch up on.”

Disney knows he can’t screw it up with Snow White, it’s kind of like their flagship movie. He has been developing this live version of Snow White since 2016. And perhaps more important than the name of the director (Marc Webb, whose credits include the films 500 days with her, Y The amazing Spiderman and its sequel, both with Andrew Garfield) is to have signed up for the songwriters.

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek - with Justin Hurwitz in the middle - won the Oscar for "City of Stars", from "La La Land", and they will compose the new songs for the film.  AFP photo

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek – with Justin Hurwitz in the middle – won the Oscar for “City of Stars,” from “La La Land,” and will compose the new songs for the film. AFP photo

And they are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting duo behind the songs of La La Land, The great showman and the expected Dear Evan Hansen. They will write the new music for the movie. But they will not be lacking Heigh-Ho, Someday My Prince Will Come Y Whistle While You Work.

Webb and the studio executives had been meeting with many actresses for several months for the role of Snow White. It seems that the first images of the trailer of West Side Story they all blew them away.

Production on the still-untitled film is expected to begin sometime in 2022.

"The little Mermaid" with actors he will have the African American Halle Bailey as Ariel.  Photos Clarín Archive

“The Little Mermaid” with actors will have the African American Halle Bailey as Ariel. Photos Clarín Archive

“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts. Your strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part in rediscovering joy in this classic Disney fairy tale, “Webb said in a statement.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The original was based on the Brothers Grimm story. Released in 1937, it was Disney’s first animated feature film. From there to here, the story of the princess who was forced by the stepmother to sweep the castle of her dead father, and who tries to poison her with a tempting apple, had several adaptations, starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, 2012), or the darker version of Snow white and the hunter, with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. And there was even a Brazilian porn movie.

Disney is simultaneously working on other animated movie remakes, now with actors. In addition to the recently released Cruella (spin-off de 101 dalmatians) movies The little Mermaid, with Halle Bailey, ends Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto, and Lilo y Stitch with director Jon M. Chu (the same from In the neighborhood, released last Thursday in Argentina), as well as a prequel to the film by The Lion King released in 2019.

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