Yesterday we posted the first images of Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew in Tarsem Singh’s super colorful and outlandish still untitled “Snow White” film and today a plethora of new images have been released, courtesy of EW, People and Yahoo! Movies. The costumes get bigger and more colorful and Lily Collins, it must be said, looks like a perfect Snow White, delicate and beautiful and always wearing a radiant smile, even in the midst of sword training.
Further details have also emerged from director Singh, who reveals that Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen won’t be outwardly evil at first. “She’s the cat that ate the canary,” he tells EW. “From serial killers to anyone who does evil deeds, they basically have a devil-made-me-do-it excuse, or they hear voices,” he continues. “I decided for the evil queen, this is going to be a person who sees her [good] self — but there’s a mirror personality.” When she sends her henchman Nathan Lane to take Snow White into the woods to be killed, he can’t do it and she takes up shelter with seven dwarfs, who make a living as bandits and wear stilts to appear gigantic when ambushing caravans. Kudos to Relativity for hiring real little people actors to play the dwarfs; the characters are still unnamed but they will be played by Jordan Prentice, Joey Gnoffo , Sabastian Saraceno, Collins, Martin Klebba, Mark Provinelli, Ronald Lee Clark and Danny Woodburn.
Here, too, just as in Universal’s rival picture “Snow White and the Huntsman”, Snow White gets schooled in the art of combat, though there’s no rugged and handsome huntsman, just seven friendly dwarfs with their own special skills. “They all train her in different things,” says Tarsem. Collins herself took to weapons training like a pro despite her delicate frame. “Surprisingly, the first day she came in and she’s very physical.” And it’s not like she’s hurting for eye candy. Snow White infiltrates a ball to try and persuade Prince Andrew to help her win back her kingdom, not knowing her evil stepmother already has her sights set on him too. And who can blame them? “If you had to draw a prince, you’d probably draw Armie. He looks like a prince,” Tarsem tells People. “In real life he can be dark, he can be funny, he can be anything. I needed all that baggage to come with it. He was the perfect guy.”
“Snow” has been tossed about as a possible title for this family friendly comedic adventure adaptation of the classic fairy tale, but whatever title Relativity lands on, it will hit theaters on March 16, 2012, three months ahead of its competition. And as the director says, getting there first is of the utmost importance. “They’re so far behind us, there’s no point in watching it. It’s a different type of film.”