Tony winner Andrew Burnap has been cast to star alongside Rachel Zegler in Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White, directed by Marc Webb.
Burnap (The Inheritance) will be playing “a new male lead character, rather than The Prince or the Huntsman of past iterations,” according to the Deadline casting report.
“The latest adaptation of Disney’s classic 1938 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, featuring original songs from the La La Land duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, will naturally have Burnap sing. Zegler is portraying Snow White, with Gadot as the Evil Queen and Oscar nominee Marc Platt producing, as previously announced. The project will head into production in the UK this spring.”
While Burnap not playing Charming may seem like an unorthodox move, it’s noteworthy that Zegler (West Side Story) was a surprise pick for Snow and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) has been cast as the Evil Queen.
THR noted that “Burnap has built a career doing stage work in productions such as Troilus and Cressida and This Day Forward in New York as well as The Legend of Georgie McBride at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. In 2021, he scored a Tony for best lead actor in a play for his work in Inheritance, written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry. He also played the part — and earned raves — for the play’s runs on the West End and at the Young Vic.”
In addition to Webb (Amazing Spider-Man films) behind the camera, Marc Platt, the Oscar-nominated producer who is also at work on a live-action rendition of The Little Mermaid for the studio, is producing.
There is currently no release date yet for this live-action remake.