The position has gone to Colombian-American actress Rachel Zegler.
Zegler, 20, is at the moment largely unknown to audiences however will quickly star as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s much-delayed remake of West Facet Story.
The casting of a Latino actress for a Disney princess position historically portrayed by white actresses follows Disney’s 2019 announcement that R&B singer Halle Bailey, who’s an individual of color, will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal talents are just the start of her items,” the director of the Snow White adaptation, Marc Webb, stated in an announcement to AFP.
“Her power, intelligence and optimism will change into an integral a part of rediscovering the enjoyment on this traditional Disney fairytale.”
After the information was introduced, Zegler wrote on Instagram: “effectively … whats up to a dream come true.”
Zegler’s casting comes greater than twenty years after Disney forged singer Brandy as Cinderella in a live-action 1997 movie.
Disney later got here below fireplace in 2018 for “whitewashing” Princess Tiana in animated movie Ralph Breaks the web, unexpectedly redrawing the character with darker options simply months earlier than the movie’s launch.
Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello is ready to look as Cinderella in one more live-action adaptation later this 12 months, produced by Sony-owned Columbia Footage and set for launch on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Manufacturing on Disney’s untitled Snow White movie is anticipated to start subsequent 12 months.