It seems that Disney has finally found their next live-action Disney princess, as West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler has been cast in the role according to Deadline. Even if the film won’t release until Winter, she has already made her name well-known in the industry. The film will be an adaptation of the original animated feature with Marc Webb set to direct. Marc Platt will take on the role of producer as they eye a production start in 2022. Webb had the following to say about her casting:
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.
Snow White isn’t her only high-profile role, as the actress also joined the upcoming Shazam: Fury of the Gods sequel. It looks like her career is just starting and she’ll have a bright future ahead of her in the industry. We’re also curious if we can expect the casting of the seven dwarfs in the near future that are a popular aspect of the original Brothers Grimm fairytale and the animated feature. Disney might also keep a close eye on its production, as it was the first film released in their animated slate back in 1938. Deadline hints that the music and story will get expanded with the live-action adaptation, as the new songs will be written by La La Land‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It’s already sounding like a promising entry in Disney’s live-action adaptations of their classic animated films.