Rachel Zegler is no new face to deal with backlash!
Rachel Zegler first gained widespread recognition for her role in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 adaptation of West Side Story, which catapulted her into the spotlight and opened doors to numerous other significant opportunities in the entertainment industry. These opportunities included her portrayal of Anthea in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and her upcoming role in the Hunger Games prequel. Additionally, Zegler is set to star in Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White and lend her voice to the character Princess Ellian in Spellbound.
While filming Disney’s live-action Snow White, Zegler has received much backlash due to comments she has made.
Zegler has been put on blast by many Disney enthusiasts over quotes where she shared she hadn’t really even watched Snow White as a kid and that the fairytale just seems “weird” to her. The original animated classic, which was pieced together by Walt Disney himself, holds a special place in the hearts of many Disney fans, but the company has essentially torn it apart in its live-action adaptation.
Zegler shared in comments that there would be no prince in this film and that this “is no longer 1937.”
“I just mean that it’s no longer 1937,” Zegler said. “We absolutely wrote a ‘Snow White’ that … she’s not going to be saved by the prince charming, and she’s not going to be dreaming about true love; she’s going to be dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be and that her late father told her that she could be if she was fearless, fair, brave and true.”
The backlash facing the film has given Disney quite a steep hill to climb. The company has paid millions for the movie to be made, and it must gross more than $340 million just to break even. This number could increase as we get closer to its release.
While there has been plenty of backlash surrounding the Snow White live-action remake, we do have news to pass along for Rachel Zegler in another popular children’s movie. According to reports, she has been cut from Paddington 3. Rachel Zegler, initially cast for a role in the film had to be recast due to the ongoing strikes happening in Hollywood.
Paddington was directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman. The first movie introduces us to the world of Paddington Bear, a polite and lovable bear from Darkest Peru with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches. After a devastating earthquake destroys his home, Paddington travels to London in search of a new home. He’s discovered by the Brown family at Paddington Station, wearing a tag that reads, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” The Browns take him in and name him Paddington.
The film follows Paddington’s adventures as he adapts to life in London, all while seeking to find the explorer who once visited his family in Peru. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins portray Mr. and Mrs. Brown, while Ben Whishaw provides the voice of Paddington. The film is a heartwarming exploration of the theme of acceptance, as Paddington’s innocent charm wins over the skeptical Londoners and the Browns, despite a series of comical mishaps. The film’s blend of humor, heart, and stunning visual effects garnered it critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.
Paddington 3 is filming in Peru. Paddington 3 continues the tradition of having Ben Whishaw provide the voice for the popular character. The movie also features an impressive ensemble cast, including Olivia Colman, Antonio Banderas, Hugh Bonneville, Emily Mortimer, Madeleine Harris, and Julie Walters. While Zegler is no longer a part of the cast, fans can anticipate more details and a release date for this highly anticipated sequel in the near future.