Peter Dinklage pushes back against Disney for the casting of the live action remake of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Dinklage, 52, said on Monday’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron podcast that although casting Rachel Zegler as Snow White was a “progressive” move, the remake still tells a “backward” story (NBC News).
On the podcast, Dinklage said, “Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback. 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 added, “Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there, you know? It makes no sense.”
Dinklage, who was born with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, added, “Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.” He also said later in the episode that he wished the fairy tale could be told in a less offensive way.
The movie will be directed by Marc Webb and will include Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen, adding to the growing list of live-action reboots by Disney. A spokesperson for Disney responded to the concerns of Dinklage and others in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement read, “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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