The film will star star Lily Collins (last seen in the unfathomably awful “Abduction” with that kid from “Twilight”) as an exiled princess who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. Julia Roberts will play the evil Queen who steals control of Snow White’s kingdom, with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the object of the two battling women’s affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
Rounding out the cast are Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King), Mare Winningham (Brothers) as Baker Margaret, Michael Lerner (Elf) as Baron and Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Joey Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers) as the Seven Dwarfs.
Besides the title, director Tarsem Signh reveals that unlike Universal’s version of a sword-swinging, armor-wearing Snow White (starring Kristen Stewart), “Mirror Mirror” will not be very tame by comparison. How tame? Tarsem calls it “sickeningly kiddie”.
They asked me if I wanted to make it edgy and I said, “No interest, absolutely no interest.” It’s a children’s movie, but my stuff tends to be polarizing. When it’s for children, it’s like, sickeningly kiddie, and when it’s the other way, it’s sickeningly graphic for people. Both are OK for me. It’s comme ci comme ça that I’m terrified of.
It’s a family movie. By the time I’m done with violence, you will not get anything other than an R rating. So I want to make a kiddie movie. It’s a fairy tale for children and the family. Just embrace it. If you want to push the envelope and make Snow White edgy, I think edgy for whom? Edgy for Disney or edgy for Gasper Noé? What kind of violence do you want and I am not interested at all in it. So I got the movie that I wanted and it’s a different film.
I kinda figured it wasn’t going the bloody swords-and-sandals route after those publicity stills were released showing a silly looking Julia Roberts (above) in all manner of gaudy costumes.
Look into the mirror March 16, 2012.