Disney finds its Snow White for live-action adaptation of classic fairytale

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West Side Story star Rachel Zegler will play Snow White in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale, it has been announced.

The US actress, 20, is poised to make her film debut later this year when playing Maria in Steven Spielberg’s much-awaited West Side Story.

It has now been revealed she will also play the fairest of them all in what is billed as a new take on Snow White.

Responding to the news, Zegler said: “Well… hello to a dream come true.”

Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, released in 1937, was the first Disney animated feature film.

It tells the story of a princess fed a poisoned apple by her stepmother, placing her in a deep sleep from which she can only be awakened by a kiss from a prince.

Its original soundtrack includes the songs Heigh-Ho, Someday My Prince Will Come and Whistle While You Work.

Marc Webb, whose previous films include 500 Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man, is set to direct the live-action version.

He said he was “thrilled” at Zegler’s casting.

Production on Snow White is expected to begin next year.