Relativity pulls ahead of the pack one step further as it finally casts its titular princess in “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”. Variety reports that Lily Collins is the fairest of them all who will romance Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew and defy Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. The studio toyed with the idea of casting 16-year-old Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in the title role, but the age difference with already-cast 24-year-old Hammer was a cause for hesitation. Collins, who is 22, is much more age appropriate while still maintaining Snow White’s core innocence and fragility. Director Tarsem Singh begins lensing in May for a projected June 29, 2012 release.
“Grimm”, written by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, will be a darker and modernized retelling of the Grimm classic, and will see Collins’ Snow White banding together with her handsome prince and seven quarrelsome dwarves to take down the Evil Queen. It will beat its direct competitor, Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” to the box office by six months, with the Charlize Theron-Kristen Stewart vehicle due to begin filming late summer and hitting theaters on December 21, 2012. “Huntsman” also suffered a large casting setback recently as Viggo Mortensen officially exited talks with the studio to take on the role of the Huntsman after months of negotiations. Meanwhile, at Disney, “Toy Story 3″‘s Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt is hard at work on a third version of the story, “Snow and the Seven”, set in Medieval China.
Collins, daughter of Phil and one of our faces to watch in 2011, who broke out in 2009′s “The Blind Side”, has been landing one high profile role after another in recent months. First she was cast as lead character Clary Fray in Screen Gems’ adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments”, then beat out the likes of Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings and Portia Doubleday for the female lead in “Odd Thomas” opposite Anton Yelchin. She’ll next be seen in sci-fi thriller “Priest” opposite Paul Bettany and teen-oriented actioner “Abduction” opposite “Twilight”‘s Taylor Lautner.