'Snow White': 'West Side Story' Actress Rachel Zegler to Star in Disney Live-Action Remake

Marc Webb is directing the film based on the 1937 animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

Brian Welk

Courtesy of Rachel Zegler; Disney

Disney has found its Snow White to star in the live-action remake of the 1937 animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” as “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler will star as the classic Disney princess.

Marc Webb is directing the film, with Marc Platt producing. The film is expected to begin production in 2022.

“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts. Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale,” Webb said in a statement of Zegler.

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Zegler is making her film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” which was meant to open in theaters last year but will now bow from 20th Century Studios this December 10. Zegler was discovered to play Maria after a wide casting search and had achieved some fame when videos of her high school performances, including one YouTube video of her singing “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” went viral.

Though Zegler isn’t known to the wide public yet, she also landed her next role in the sequel to “Shazam!” called “Fury of the Gods,” which is just gearing up production. Zegler’s casting follows Disney’s push for more diversity in its leads, with pop star Halle Bailey taking on the role of Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” live-action adaptation.

The original “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from 1937 was a box office sensation and put Walt Disney Studios on the map for its sheer ambition in putting a feature animated movie on screen, bringing vivid color and musical spirit that audiences had never seen in a full length animated picture before, let alone most live-action films of the day.

Rachel Zegler is represented by ICM Partners.

Deadline first reported the news.


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