Over the past decade, many Disney movies that have come out have been live-action remakes of classic animated films. This includes films like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Disney is currently in post-production on its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid and has announced that they are soon to begin filming a live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake starring Rachel Zegler, famous for her role as Maria in the new West Side Story.
While many people may love seeing these Disney classics come to life on the big screen, one Game of Thrones star does not think Disney should remake its first animated feature. Peter Dinklage — who played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO hit — recently sat down for Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and spoke about Disney’s new live-action venture. Dinklage, who has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, said:
“Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White — but you’re still telling the story of SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that f***ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together. What the f*** are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
Disney heard about Dinklage’s criticism and releaed a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about their upcoming film:
“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.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will not be the first live-action film to use cultural consultants — Disney also used them when remaking Mulan and Aladdin. Snow White has been in development for about three years and Disney has been working on transforming the dwarfs since the beginning. Production on the film is expected to start in 2022, with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot starring as the Evil Queen alongside Zegler.