Skip to main content

Disney’s live-action remake portfolio is constantly growing. One of its upcoming remakes is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which features Rachel Zegler in the lead role. Zegler, who recently starred in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, is portraying the Disney princess and recently provided an update on how the project is going. 

Rachel Zegler’s career is skyrocketing after ‘West Side Story’

Rachel Zegler from Disney's Snow White remake performs at the 64th Academy Awards
Rachel Zegler | Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

In Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, Zegler plays Maria, a young Puerto Rican woman who has a doomed romance with Tony (Ansel Elgort), a member of the rival gang. While Zegler herself was not nominated for an Academy Award, she did receive lots of praise from critics with many calling her a standout. It’s also her debut movie role, which makes it even more impressive. 

Since her performance, she has been cast as Snow White in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. Zegler will also be joining the DC universe in Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Recently, the actor was cast as the lead voice role in Spellbound, an animated musical project from Skydance Animation and Apple Original Films. 

Rachel Zegler provides an update on Disney’s upcoming ‘Snow White’ movie

Zegler recently appeared at the Grammy’s where she performed a rendition of “Somewhere” from West Side Story alongside Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt, and Leslie Odom Jr. The performance took place during the in memoriam segment in honor of the late Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for West Side Story

Before the Grammys, Zegler spoke with E! on the red carpet. The actor provided an update on the Disney film while also saying she still can’t believe that she gets to play a Disney princess. 

“It’s going really, really well,” Zegler said. “We’re having so much fun on set, it’s so magical. And everyday I’m just pinching myself that I’m a frickin’ Disney princess, it’s so stupid.”

Joining Zegler in the cast of Snow White is Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen, and Andrew Burnap as a new character named Jonathan. The Disney film is being directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and is penned by Greta Gerwig and Erin Cressida Wilson. 

‘Snow White’ is the latest Disney film to receive a live-action remake


Why Ariana Debose Said ‘No’ to Steven Spielberg During Her ‘West Side Story’ Audition

Zegler is joining a large roster of actors who have brought other Disney characters to life. Other live-action remakes made by Disney so far include Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Mulan. While not every one of these movies has been well-received, they have all been huge hits at the box office, with some even grossing over a billion dollars worldwide. 

In addition to Snow White, Disney has other remake projects on the way. Another highly-anticipated film is The Little Mermaid featuring Halle Bailey as Ariel. The cast for The Little Mermaid also includes Javier Bardem as King Triton, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Jonah Hauer-King as Eric. 

Other projects on the way are Pinocchio starring Tom Hanks, Peter Pan & Wendy, Hercules, and Lilo & Stitch. Snow White currently does not have an official release date.