Disney’s upcoming live-action reboot of Snow White has taken a woke approach even to its most iconic line. In the original 1937 version, the evil stepmother asks the magic mirror, “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” However, the star of the new reboot, Rachel Zegler, has revealed that the line has been given a modern twist. According to her, the original movie is extremely dated when it comes to women’s roles and what they are fit for in the world. The 22-year-old actress believes that the new version will reflect more contemporary ideas.
Rachel Zegler, a 22-year-old actress, has been cast to play the role of Snow White in the upcoming live-action film adaptation. Gal Gadot, on the other hand, will play the evil queen. The movie’s creators are reimagining the original storyline to make it more relevant to contemporary times. The concept of “fairest of them all” is now defined as someone who is just and can become a great leader. Unlike the original tale, Snow White will not be saved by the Prince but instead be a proactive character who sets her own terms. Gadot said that Snow White would not be obsessing over true love, but rather, she is dreaming of becoming the best leader she can be, just like her late father told her she could be if she was fearless, fair, brave, and true. However, some fans have criticized the reboot for not featuring enough of the original storyline and labeled it as “woke.”
The 2024 live-action reboot of Snow White will give a fresh spin to the iconic line from the 1937 classic (featuring the Evil Queen).
The first version of the movie showed how the enchanted mirror answered the wicked queen’s query about who was the most beautiful of them all.
The initial scene of the original movie featured a book page containing a fairytale.
According to the story, the Queen would ask her Magic Mirror every day who the most beautiful person in the land was. A comment on social media suggested that the character of Snow White might be offensive to someone, so it should be renamed. Another person commented that the live-action remake of Snow White should be called something else because it doesn’t follow the original story. In an interview, the lead actress mentioned that the original cartoon focused on Snow White finding true love instead of being a leader and finding her own agency. One person argued that the new adaptation of Snow White has a reductive story and portrayal of the character. Despite the controversy surrounding the changes, Zegler believes that the new movie needs to be “politically correct” because it’s an 85-year-old cartoon and they want to tell a refreshing story about a young woman who has a function beyond finding her prince charming.
The upcoming release of Snow White’s film has caused quite a stir on social media, with fans expressing their disappointment over the revisions made to the original storyline. Some are even calling for the movie to be renamed. However, despite the backlash, there are still many who are eagerly anticipating the movie’s 2024 release. One enthusiastic fan wrote, “I am seated and ready!!!!!!!” while another confidently predicted that newcomer Rachel Zegler, who plays Snow White, will become “the biggest actress in Hollywood within five years.”
The original Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, published by the Brothers Grimm in the 1800s, described the protagonist as “white as snow, red as blood, and black as the wood on this window frame.” However, Disney revised the description for their 1937 film adaptation, using the phrase “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, and skin white as snow” to describe Snow White’s appearance.
The film itself begins with a fairytale book page on screen, featuring the famous line: “Each day the vain queen consulted her magic mirror. ‘Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?'” While some fans may be disappointed with the changes made to the story, it’s clear that Snow White continues to captivate audiences and spark lively discussions online.
Notwithstanding the uproar surrounding the audacious alterations, Zegler (on the right) remains resolute in her belief that the fresh adaptation is ‘politically correct’ because it’s necessary for the film’s success.
Snow White has been adapted into several films, including Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, and Snow White And The Huntsman featuring Kristen Stewart. In the original story, Snow White’s safety was guaranteed as long as the magic mirror declared her the “fairest one of all,” a term synonymous with pale skin at that time. In the movie, the evil queen sets out to destroy Snow White by gifting her a poisoned apple that can only be broken with true love’s kiss. The upcoming live-action remake will feature new music written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who have worked on movies such as La La Land and Aladdin. Some critics have expressed outrage over the woke adaptations made to the classic script, including Disney’s decision to remove the iconic dwarfs from the storyline. Additionally, fans were unhappy with the song rewrites in The Little Mermaid’s live-action film. However, insiders report that the studio has taken its time to get the music right and is thrilled with what Pasek and Paul have created.