Disney has clarified how it will frame the seven dwarfs in its live-action Snow White movie remake, saying Tuesday it will “avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film.”
“We are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” a Disney spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. “We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”
The statement came after Game of Thrones and Marvel actor Peter Dinklage slammed the premise of the movie while speaking on a podcast Monday.
“You’re still making that fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together? What the fuck are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough,” Dinklage said, as reported earlier Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter.
His comments were sparked by a discussion of Disney casting Rachel Zegler in the title role of Snow White. Production on the movie is expected to begin later this year, and the movie will also star Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.