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10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From The Live-Action Snow White

As Disney's most iconic animated film, the live-action remake of Snow White has a lot to stand up to, but a few great features prove it's on its way.

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  •  Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White is anticipated to have some exciting features and details for audiences to enjoy, despite facing heavy criticism.
  •  Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen promises a new and wicked performance, showcasing her versatility as an actor from her usual hero roles.
  •  Greta Gerwig, known for her successful direction in Barbie, brings a respectful approach to screenwriting and instills confidence in Snow White’s remake.
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Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Snow White is on the way, and there is much to look forward to. Of course, like other House of Mouse remakes, Snow White has faced heavy criticism for several reasons. Casting, anticipated plot changes, and the overarching decision to remake the animated classic in general, have all been topics of fiery debate in the years leading up to the film’s expected release. However, just as with the studio’s past live-action remakes, Snow White will surely have some features and details for audiences to love.

Of the animated movies that Disney has remade, Snow White is the most iconic to the studio itself. It was their first full-feature animated film, and to do this with cell animation was an outrageously massive task. With a budget of $1.5 million, this project could have easily put an end to Disney for good had it been a flop—but, of course, Snow White’s story wound up establishing Disney as what it is today. This means that the live-action Snow White has a job of being just as extraordinary as its predecessor, and with a few details in its favor, chances look pretty good.

10. Gal Gadot As The Evil Queen

Gal Gadot with sword and shield in Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot, best known for playing the titular Wonder Woman, is confirmed to be playing the Evil Queen in the Snow White remake, and this is a promising casting choice. Not only is the actor and model perfectly believable as the “fairest of them all,” but as one of the most notorious villains of Disney, this role will give her a chance to give audiences a brand new kind of performance. Gadot’s acting career has made her used to playing a hero, but a villain like the Evil Queen means an opportunity for her to let her hair down and get comfortable being truly wicked.

9. Rachel Zegler As Snow White

Rachel Zegler and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There has been a lot of controversy regarding Rachel Zegler’s casting as the titular Snow White, especially with the actor’s criticisms of the original animated movie. In an effort to tell her future audience that the remake would improve on some of the outdated features of Snow White, Zegler insulted many long-time fans. However, the controversy here doesn’t negate that Zegler is a logical fit for the role. She looks the part, and her vocal performance in movies like West Side Story and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes proves she is equipped to take on the legendary Disney Princess.

8. Barbie’s Greta Gerwig Is Screenwriting

An image of Greta Gerwig smiling and Barbie and Ken sitting in a car

Barbie easily dominated the box office in 2023, and this has a lot to do with the phenomenal direction from Greta Gerwig. Hollywood’s history proves that bringing a beloved childhood icon to live-action is no easy task, and there were several ways that Barbie could have gone horribly wrong. However, Gerwig approached the project with an immense amount of respect for the IP, which is a good sign for Snow White. Gerwig, along with The Girl on the Train writer Erin Cressida Wilson, will be taking on the remake’s screenplay, and if she handles it as masterfully as Barbie, fans of the original film have nothing to worry about.

7. Higher Quality Recordings Of The Snow White Musical Numbers

Another aspect of the animated Snow White that was revolutionary for Disney is the studio’s decision to release a soundtrack for the film. 85 years later and Hollywood is still using this strategy to improve movie lovers’ experiences, proving just how impactful this shift really was. This also means that the songs from Snow White hold an extraordinary place in society, with “Whistle While You Work” and “Heigh-Ho” being among the most recognizable. Of course, having been recorded nearly 100 years ago, these songs don’t sound the way they would have live. With today’s technology, audiences can hear the songs as if the performers were right before them.

6. The Addition Of New Musical Numbers

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Not everyone will be thrilled at the idea, but the Snow White remake has promised to expand on the original soundtrack. This means that there are likely to be a few new songs thrown into the mix. This has been true for the majority of Disney’s other live-action remakes, to varying results. In the case of Snow White, songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have taken on the job, and their experience in musical theatre will hopefully mean some numbers that fit well with the classics from 1938.

5. More Development For The Snow White Characters

Snow White receiving True Loves Kiss from the Prince in Disney's animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney movies of yore put a lot more focus on the overarching story than on the characters themselves, which is something audiences aren’t used to anymore. Today, characters are so deeply developed that they can be seen and analyzed as real people, nearly as complex as audiences’ real-world loved ones. This means that the characters in movies like Snow White can feel a little superficial. It’s not that they are bad or poorly written characters—more of their identities are just left to audiences’ imaginations. However, this wouldn’t be the case for a modern remake. As with Disney’s other remakes, we can expect more complex character development.

4. Costume Designs True To The Animated Snow White

Rachel Zegler as Snow White with the Seven Dwarfs

The sneak peek image Disney released for the live-action Snow White showed Zegler surrounded by the seven dwarves she befriends. Though the appearance of the dwarves has added to the film’s controversy, the gown worn by the Snow White actor looks exactly like the one drawn onto the animated character. Additionally, the outfits worn by the dwarves greatly resemble the original designs as well. This isn’t typical for Disney’s live-action movies, with those like Aladdin completely revamping the attire of its characters. Though this was entirely fine for those films, it’s exciting to see the design of a classic like Snow White respected in this way.

3. The Seven Dwarves Brought To Life

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The seven dwarves are easily the most beloved characters of the original Snow White, each with their own unique and adorable personality (and a name to match it). This has made Disney’s decision to cast only one actor, Martin Klebba, for all seven an unpopular one. Of course, this is an interesting opportunity for Klebba (best known for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean) to exercise his acting chops, but it will also require CGI to bring each of these characters to life. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, but if done right, it would mean the opportunity to get to know the dwarves in a whole new way.

2. Snow White’s Story Is Best Suited For Live Action

Snow White is seen talking to a bird.

Disney has been creating live-action adaptations of its animated classics for over a decade, which makes it surprising that Snow White is only just now getting its turn. Movies like The Lion KingAladdin, and The Little Mermaid required extensive CGI to bring to life, which meant they were massive projects with far greater risk. Snow White, on the other hand, could essentially be pulled off with practical effects. So, while movies with talking animals and large-scale underwater scenes struggled to look realistic, Snow White’s story should come across very well in live-action.

1. An Expanded Story For Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the prince

Snow White may have been Disney’s first full-feature animated film, but a standard live-action movie is still far longer than the one-hour and twenty-three-minute runtime. This means that a significant amount more would need to be added to get the live-action Snow White to the necessary length. Ultimately, additional songs and character development will contribute to this, and the original story will be expanded as a result. Such a classic story is easy to remember, so adding some extra details and content will mean a good surprise. So, while Snow White‘s story will have the same foundation, there’s a lot to look forward to in the enhanced version.

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