Rachel Zegler, the star of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie “West Side Story,” has been casted as Snow White in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic.
The live adaptation is expected to start filming in 2022 and it will be directed by Marc Webb, with Marc Platt as the producer.
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“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,” said Webb.
A vast majority of people’s reactions, meanwhile, praised 20-year-old Colombian American viral internet sensation turned movie star as the “perfect” choice for the role.
rachel zegler getting cast as snow white in the live action adaption is perfect and i'm so excited to watch her become a complete and total star over the next few years
— a (@emiliaclarkes) June 22, 2021
rachel zegler is gonna be the PERFECT Snow White like she’s going to do so well and I’m so happy for her 🥺🥺
— check pinned! (@YEWONlSM) June 22, 2021
Rachel Zegler will be the perfect Snow White!!!! 🍎 pic.twitter.com/Q7Ty7qGdLj
— chloe🌹 (@moviepassion_14) June 22, 2021
LOOK AT HER GO !! LOOK AT HER !! IM AN OG RACHEL ZEGLER FAN YO I SUBSCRIBED TO HER CHANNEL YRS AGO WHEN SHE JUST POSTED MUSICAL THEATRE COVERS … OMG. she will be the perfect snow white ….. and the perfect maria …… 😭
— sol⁷ bts poly truther 🏳️🌈 (@mapofthesoI) June 22, 2021
I didn’t know who Rachel Zegler was until now and omg she’s perfect and looks so much like snow white I dunno why y’all are complaining
— kylie ❥ (@softmccarthy) June 23, 2021
However, not all people think the same. Some criticize her, saying that she is unfit for the role and Disney should have casted a caucasian person as Snow White.
I don't see Rachel zegler as snow white and honestly I literally don't know her so I'm just gonna choose to not watch the movie see how easy it is?
— mxk 🥝fka kiwi (@fkakiwi) June 22, 2021
This might be an unpopular take, but I'm not okay with Rachel Zegler as snow white. Snow White has "skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood and hair as black as ebony". This is a time where casting a white person makes fucking sense. pic.twitter.com/d1od49QFIE
— Rhianna, the Hunger Tide (@ringdingdingo) June 23, 2021
If they do decide to go through with this, then they should try to change the meaning behind Snow White. Because she’s supposed to have “skin white as snow.” Believe me, Rachel is talented enough for the role, but her skin is a lovely olive color. We’ll see what happens.
Disney has long eyed to bring “Snow White” to a new generation, as the original film, which was released 90 years ago, was its inaugural animated feature and became a massive success for the studio.
The new version of the film would reportedly “expand upon the story and music” with the help of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Oscar- and Tony-winning duo behind “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
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