Halle Bailey is set to star as the new Ariel in The Little Mermaid remake and Rachel Zegler joins her in the ranks as another non-white actress starring as a character that was always white in the original stories. Rachel is starring alongside Gal Gadot, who plays the evil queen that poisons Snow White. The two women gave a red carpet interview indicating that the film will have a different spin on it than what we're used to seeing.
Rachel Zegler Says Her Upcoming Role of 'Snow White' Will Have A Modern Take: "She's Not Going to Be Saved by the Prince"
Rachel has expressed much excitement about playing the classic role of Snow White, claiming that the princess has always been a popular figure in Hispanic culture so she's glad to bring her a different look to the traditional character. At a recent D23 expo, Rachel and Gal explained how the fairy tale is going to have a "modern edge" to it. Don't expect the princess to be rescued by the prince (even though that's the whole plot of the original movie).
When asked about how this movie will be different, Rachel said, "I just mean it's no longer 1937, and we absolutely wrote a Snow White—"
"She's not gonna be saved by the prince," Gal jumped in.
"She's not gonna be saved by the prince and she's not going to be dreaming about true love," Rachel confirmed.
“She’s dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be. The leader that her late father told her that she could be if she was fearless, brave, and true," Rachel added. “And so it’s just a really incredible story for, I think, young people everywhere to see themselves in."
The new Snow White film is set to release in 2024 so we have some time to wait for it, but Rachel wants to prepare everyone for something a little different. While we've seen some live-action remakes of classic Disney stories that have stayed true to the original film (Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast), it looks like we'll have to brace ourselves for an unfamiliar version of Snow White.