Fairest of them all

Disney unveils ‘Snow White’ remake with Gal Gadot as Evil Queen

Israeli superstar describes role in live-action remake of 1937 classic as ‘very different’ from anything she’s done before, adding that ‘getting under her skin was so delightful’

Tobias (Toby) Siegal is a breaking news editor and contributor to The Times of Israel.

Gal Gadot arrives at the 27th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood celebration, October 19, 2021, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Gal Gadot arrives at the 27th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood celebration, October 19, 2021, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Disney unveiled some of its upcoming movies on Saturday, including a live-action remake of the 1937 classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” featuring Israeli superstar Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.

The preview took place at the D23Expo in California and the movie is set to be released next year.

Based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale from the 19th century, the story features Snow White, a princess who lost her parents as a child and is raised by the Evil Queen, who is obsessed with her own beauty and constantly fears her stepdaughter will outshine her.

Disney’s 1937 film was the first animated movie the company ever made.

Some 85 years later, Gadot will play the character of the Evil Queen in the company’s new feature, alongside West Side Story star Rachel Zegler as Snow White.

In an interview with the entertainment news site Deadline Hollywood, Gadot described the role as “very different” from anything she’s done before.

“I am used to playing the other end of where the heart should be,” she said, describing the character of the queen as an “iconic villain,” and adding that “getting under her skin was so delightful.”

Zegler said adapting the classic tale to the 21st century was “an honor” and that the film is about Snow White “finding a sense of agency so she can be a just ruler and wonderful queen.”

The adaptation will feature original songs from the Oscar-winning La La Land duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a new male lead character named Jonathan, played by Tony winner Andrew Burnap, according to Deadline. Marc Platt is producing the film.

Gadot rose to fame in the role of Wonder Woman in the 2017 Warner Bros adaptation of the DC Comics story. Her first international film appearance was in “Fast & Furious” (2009), where she played the character of Gisele Yashar.

And while she may be regarded as the first Israeli actress to gain a significant foothold in Hollywood in recent years, others are quickly following suit.

Actress Shira Haas, best known internationally for her role in the Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox,” is slated to play an Israeli superhero in the next “Captain America” film, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was announced Sunday. The film is scheduled to be released in May 2024.

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