Disney debuts first look of Rachel Zegler’s ‘Snow White’, release date pushed to 2025

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The eagerly awaited Disney’s “Snow White” might make you wait a bit longer, as its release on the big screen has faced a delay. On a brighter note, Disney has released the first images from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Snow White.

In its sneak peek, actor Rachel Zegler takes on the iconic role of the Disney Princess, surrounded by her Seven Dwarfs. However, it is worth noting that the release date for the live-action reimagining, initially slated for March 22, 2024, has been pushed back to March 21, 2025.

The first look of Rachel Zegler’s ‘Snow White’

In the first-look image shared on Friday, Zegler, 22, can be seen in the legendary character, surrounded by Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, Sleepy and Doc. The film will also treat fans with songs from The Greatest Showman’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

In the film ‘Snow White,’ Gal Gadot takes on the role of the Evil Queen, with Ansu Kabia as her co-star in the role of the Huntsman, and Andrew Burnap assumes the new character of Jonathan.

The film has received a ton of backlash

The upcoming film has faced a significant wave of criticism even before hitting the big screen. Disney’s decision to use CGI for the iconic dwarfs in the remake, rather than casting people with dwarfism, has drawn negative feedback online.

Another aspect that has caused a stir is the shift in the plotline. As Zegler herself highlighted, this fresh adaptation does not follow the traditional romance plotline and instead focuses on Snow White’s journey to fulfill her father’s vision of her becoming a leader.

Moreover, Zegler’s casting, marking her as the first Latina to portray Snow White, has also ignited some online backlash due to their shift from the source material.

‘She’s a bit more independent’

Zegler, who also plays the lead in The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, took to X (formerly Twitter) to share of Snow White. “The love this film has brought me is magical,” the tweet read. 

“We did a really deep dive into fixing and making a modern woman out of Snow White,” she told People in 2022. She candidly admitted that the original portrayal of the princess “does not work for today’s audience.” She continued, “I think she’s 13 in the original cartoon, so we started there and said, ‘No, she’s 18 in this one.’ She’s a bit more independent.”