Disney Under Fire Again for New Snow White Casting

Snow White
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The Walt Disney Company is under controversy once again with an upcoming film. Recently, Disney released the production of films with a reboot. First, we saw ‘The Little Mermaid’ (2023) and are patiently waiting for the remake of ‘Haunted Mansion’ (2023). Disney also released the production of live-action films, ‘Lilo & Stitch’ (2002), ‘Moana’ (2016), and ‘Hercules’ (1997).

It has been controversial itself whether or not we need remakes of animated classics. Nevertheless, Disney is trucking forward with these films. Another live-action remake in the works is ‘Snow White’ (1937). Since the announcement in 2019, the chatter about the cast of this film has been active online. Actors have been cast for the film, and fans have something to say.

Snow White

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‘Snow White’ Remake

The classic film is based on the Grimms Brother’s tale of a princess who runs away after learning her evil stepmother wants to kill her for being “the fairest of them all.” In her journey, she meets the seven dwarfs who help keep her safe and battle the evil, only to be saved by a true love’s kiss.

For the reprise, some roles have been filled, causing an uproar. Rachel Zegler has been cast as Snow White, Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen, and Andrew Burnap as the male lead for the film. Zegler’s cast as the princess didn’t seem to stir up any issues, as she is a Hispanic actress. But the casting of the seven dwarfs has caught the attention of many. Actor Peter Dinklage said this in rebuttal to Disney’s approach for the seven characters;

“Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback [when] they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’” he said in January 2022.

“You’re progressive in one way but then you’re still making that f***g backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. What the f**k are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot

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Disney’s Response

In response to the opinions on social media, a Disney representative spoke with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period,”

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Dinklage is not the only person to speak out; fans took to Twitter to say their peace. Tomi Lahern took to Twitter, writing, “So they have one little person playing a dwarf to be more ‘politically correct?’ So 6 other little people didn’t get the job or the check, and somehow this is more ‘sensitive?’ Disney is a joke.”

Snow White

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Unsurprisingly, fans speak their mind on Disney’s newest endeavors, but it does not seem to have stopped production or Disney’s intentions. The film is set to be released sometime in late 2023. “It remains to be seen what differences and what similarities Disney’s new live-action version of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ will have with the original animated film from 1937,” as Disney Dining explains. 

What are your thoughts on this new Disney reboot?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.