Today, Disney issued a statement in response to sharp criticism by Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage regarding the upcoming live-action remake of Snow White. The Game of Thrones alum spoke harshly about Disney’s intention to retell the 1937 animated film on the WTF podcast on Monday:
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,” Dinklage told Maron. “Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. What the fuck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.Peter Dinklage
Dinklage’s comments come after the lauded casting of West Side Story star Rachel Zegler as the titular princess Snow White.
Disney was quick to respond with an attempt to defend against the cirticism. A spoesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement:
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.Disney
While the Snow White remake is still years away, it will employ cultural consultants similar to the live-action Disney reimaginings Aladdin and Mulan. Alongside Zegler, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is set to play the Evil Queen with Marc Webb directing.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter