Rachel Zegler and Andrew Garfield both had an excellent 2021. Zegler broke out and is receiving Oscar buzz for role in West Side Story, while Garfield is also receiving awards buzz for his role in Tick, Tick… BOOM!, not to mention starring in the billion dollar hit Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Zegler will move on to Disney’s Snow White, which has had quite the recently due to Peter Dinklage’s recent comments. However, on Variety’s Actors on Actors, Zegler and Garfield got to discuss their 2021 roles and future projects.
When Garfield brought up Snow White, Zegler shared her thoughts on her casting and some of the nonsense outrage she has seen on social media regarding that:
“Never in a million years did I imagine that this would be a possibility for me. You don’t normally see Snow Whites that are of Latin descent. Even though Snow White is really a big deal in Spanish-speaking countries. Blanca Nieves is a huge icon whether you’re talking about the Disney cartoon or just different iterations and the Grimm fairy tale and all the stories that come with it. But you don’t particularly see people who look like me or are me playing roles like that. When it was announced, it was a huge thing that was trending on Twitter for days, because all of the people were angry.”
Andrew Garfield showed his support and says that they need to educate the people who disagree with the casting due to the color of ones skin saying, “Ah, those people. The people that we need to educate. The people that we need to love into awareness.” Rachel Zegler responded with excitement, “We need to love them in the right direction. At the end of the day, I have a job to do that I’m really excited to do. I get to be a Latina princess.”
The highly-anticipated film also stars Andrew Burnap as the Jonathan, a new character created for the film, and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. Musical rehearsals have begun, while the film is expected to shoot in March.
Snow White will be directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man films), while Marc Platt (La La Land) will produce. La La Land‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will also be working on providing the music for the film, reportedly helping to expand on the story and score from the original classic. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) also wrote a recent draft of the script.