The star of the new “West Side Story” Rachel Segler has landed the role of Snow White in the new film adaptation of the classic Disney cartoon.
“Gifted,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Why Women Kill,” will be directed by Mark Webb, with “La La Land,” “The Trial of the Chicago Seven,” and “The Double Life of Charlie St. Cloud” set to be produced by Mark Platt. Production of “Snow White” is expected to begin in 2022. “Rachel’s extraordinary vocal credentials are only part of her talent. Her strength, intelligence and optimism will be an integral part of the reimagined joy in this classic Disney tale,” said Webb.
The original animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was first released in 1938. It was Disney’s first animated film and was a huge success for the studio. Insiders say the new film will expand on the story and music of the original. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s La La Land, The Greatest Showman will write new songs for the film. The main reason the studio took the time to do this adaptation is to make sure they get the music right, and insiders add that management is excited about what Pasek and Paul came up with.
As for casting, Webb and studio executives have been meeting with actresses to play Snow White for months. According to insiders, Segler’s audition made a significant impression on everyone, and footage from “West Side Story,” which comes out Dec. 10, impressed everyone and helped decide on the final choice.