Walt Disney Pictures has turned many of its classic animated movies in recent years into live-action movies, but there’s one upcoming project that Peter Dinklage thinks should stay away from.
Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” caught attention last summer when the studio tapped Latina actress Rachel Zegler to play the lead role. But it’s the film’s modern-day premise, not the casting decision, that raises Dinklage’s eyebrows.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ actor, who has a form of dwarfism, disagreed with Disney’s decision to make a new version of the film.
“Literally, no offense to anyone, but I was a little surprised…when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. You’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ “, said Dinklage in a recent episode of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron”. “Step back and look at what you are doing there. That does not make any sense.”
Disney hasn’t revealed many plot details for the upcoming film. Alongside Zegler, “Wonder Woman” herself, Gal Gadot, will play the Evil Queen in the reboot.
Production is expected to begin this year, Us Magazine reported. It’s unclear how the film will include the dwarves, which some people found offensive in retrospect compared to the original film.
“You’re progressive in a way and you always do this fucking backwards story about seven dwarfs living together in a cave. What the hell are you doing, man?” Dinklage said.
He suggested Disney make the movie as progressive as possible, but didn’t explain how the studio can incorporate the Seven Dwarfs in a politically correct way.
“Have I done nothing to further the cause? said Dinklage jokingly.
Dinklage has refused to play roles in which her height is mocked or used as a stereotype. Despite this, he said in a 2019 New Yorker article that he was not politically correct about his condition.
” I do not care. I think it can also be damaging,” he told The New Yorker.
He said on Maron’s podcast that he was not politically correct “because I’m kidding myself.”
The “Snow White” remake follows a long line of live-action movies Disney has made based on its hit animated movies. The studio has previously made live-action movies for “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Mulan,” among others.