What did Peter Dinklage say about Snow White remake? Game of Thrones star’s comments - and Disney response

The award winning actor said he was ‘taken aback’ by the news of the live remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

<p>Peter Dinklage  attends the UK Premiere of his new film Cyrano (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures & Universal Pictures )</p>

Peter Dinklage attends the UK Premiere of his new film Cyrano (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures & Universal Pictures )

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has called out Disney over its upcoming Disney live action movie out - and who is in the cast with actress Rachel Zegler?">Snow White and the Seven Dwarves live action remake.

Dinklage, who is currently starring in the musical drama Cyrano, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, The Woman in the Window), shared his views on the reboot in an interview with Marc Maron on his podcast.

This is what you need to know - and how Disney responded to his comments.

What did Peter Dinklage say about Disney’s Snow White remake?

Dinklage, best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Games of Thrones, discussed the new Snow White film whilst on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

He said: “There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on I’ve got to say.

“No offense to anything but I was a little taken aback by [the fact] they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

“They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just like, “what are you doing?”

“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.”

Peter Dinklage accepting Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for Turner)

Dinklage continued, calling the company out for supposedly championing diversity with its casting of Latina actress Rachel Zegler as Snow White - but then going on to perpetuate harmful stereotypes of characters with dwarfism.

He said: “You can be progressive in one way but you’re still making that f**king backwards story of the seven dwarves living in the cave.

“What the f**k are you doing man, have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

Dinklage, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, has long been vocal about the treatment and representation of dwarfism in Hollywood.

In the past he has said that making dwarfism a “dominant character trait” was “bad writing”.

Has Disney responded?

In response to the actor’s comments, Disney has said that it is “consulting with members of the dwarfism community” in regards to its live action Snow White film.

The company said it was taking guidance in order to “avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film”.

The original Snow White film was released in 1937 (Photo: Disney)

A spokesperson for Disney said: “To 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.

“We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

Who is in the new Snow White cast?

Rachel Zegler has been confirmed for the role as Snow White, who made her film debut last year as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of the musical West Side Story.

It has also been announced that Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot will play the Evil Queen.

Speaking about the role, Gadot said: “Well, first of all, I’m excited about the fact that this is, like, an iconic character.

“I’m excited to create an iconic villain character in my own voice.

“I’m very, very, very excited and looking forward to playing the Evil Queen.”

Israeli actress Gal Gadot at ELLE’s 27th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration (Photo: MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

New songs will be written for the film by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a songwriting and composing duo who have won Academy Awards for their original songs - most notably La La Land’s song City of Stars.

The film will also be written by Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train, Secretary) and directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man).

Aside from the central roles being played by Zegler and Gadot, there has been no further casting announcements, which includes the characters of the dwarves.

There is no release date yet for the live action adaptation, with the film still in the pre-production stage of its development.

It’s believed that filming is expected to take place in the UK in March later this year, which could place the release date for the film around late 2023.

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