Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White has been a very hot topic this week as the Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage criticized the movie, calling it a "f-cking backwards" depictions of dwarfs and also adding "what the f-ck are you doing man?." Since the actor took the movie to task in one of his recent interview with the WTF Podcast, Disney has released a statement about his criticism and the continued development of the movie, noting that they’re hoping to "avoid reinforcing stereotypes" and "and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community." Now, a new update on the production of the film reveals that Disney will not be using dwarfs in the film at all.
TheWrap’s report on Disney’s response to Peter Dinklage, states that "instead of dwarfs" in the movie’s narrative, Disney will be using " a group of what they describe as 'magical creatures.'" Citing the casting sheet that has been circulating for the movie, TheWrap notes that voice actors are being cast for these roles, although it is not clear what specific function they will serve in the film, now how they might correspond to what the Disney fans know of the seven dwarf characters from the original Snow White. The site does make clear that the "magical creatures" are officially in the movie and the dwarfs will not be present.
In an interview with the comedian Marc Maron sparking the intense debate and the official comment from the studio, Dinklage said, "Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you're doing there. It makes no sense to me. You're progressive in one way but then you're still making that f-cking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f-ck are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box? I guess I'm not loud enough. I don't know which studio that is, but they were so proud of it. All love and respect to the actress and all the people who thought they were doing the right thing. But I'm just like, what are you doing?"
As of now, there is no official release date for Disney’s new Snow White that has been confirmed by the studio but filming on the project is expected to start this year. The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is the one working on the film. West Side Story star Rachel Zegler is set to play Snow White, and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will be playing the new version of the Evil Queen.