Baku, January 27, AZERTAC
Disney has announced that there won't be any dwarves in the live-action remake of Snow White after actor Peter Dinklage slammed the studio for reinforcing "backward" stereotypes.
The remake of the classic fairy-tale has been in the works for three years, during which Disney claims to have been consulting with members of the Dwarfism community.
But it was only after Dinklage's scathing remarks on Monday that a spokesperson from the studio announced they were taking a "different approach" with Snow White's seven companions.
"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," they said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period," the spokesperson added.
Their response comes just days after Game of Thrones star Dinklage criticized the project on Marc Maron's WTF podcast while promoting his new movie Cyrano.
The animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was first released in 1937. Based on 1812 German fairy-tale by the Brothers Grimm, the movie was Disney's first animated feature film and the first full-length traditionally animated film ever made.
Disney's live-action remake will not be their first to bring in cultural consultants, who also played a role in Aladin (2019) and Mulan (2020).
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