Disney has cast Andrew Burnap as the male lead opposite Golden Globe winner Rachel Zegler in its live-action Snow White remake – but he won’t be playing either the Prince or the Huntsman.
Burnap, who won a best actor Tony Award last year for his performance in The Inheritance on Broadway, has previously appeared in episodes of Younger and The Good Fight.
He joins West Side Story star Zegler, who will portray Snow White, and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, who will be the Evil Queen, in Marc Webb’s new take on Disney’s classic 1937 animation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – upon the success of which the media company’s empire was born.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 30-year-old will not be taking on the part of The Prince, nor the Huntsman, but rather will sing and star in a new male character created for the film.
Previous 2012 Snow White adaptation, Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, beefed up the hunter role into a lead part as it moved focus away from the customary prince as the male lead.
It also spawned spin-off The Huntsman: Winter’s War, with Hemsworth returning for a prequel-cum-sequel.
Like the original, which featured traditional songs Some Day My Prince Will Come, Heigh-Ho and Whistle While You Work, the new Snow White adaptation – based originally on the 1812 Brothers Grimm fairy tale – will also be a musical.
La La Land and The Greatest Showman dream team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will be providing the tunes this time around.
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Production on the film is due to start in the UK in the spring.
Disney has been working away on a live-action Snow White since 2016, alongside its other live-action projects including The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey, Pinocchio with Tom Hanks and Lilo and Stitch directed by Jon M. Chu.
Snow White is set for release in 2023.
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