As the battle of the fairy-tale adaptations escalates, Relativity Media has moved up the release of director Tarsem Singh’s untitled Brothers Grimm: Snow White movie and added a slew of actors to the ensemble cast.
The move, from June 29, 2012, to March 16, 2012, comes a little more than a week after Universal Pictures shifted the opening of its rival Snow White and the Huntsman from December 2012 to June 1, 2012, in hopes of beating Relativity’s project to theaters. There’s some peril attached to being the second film on the same subject — it’s typically overshadowed by the first — but The Hollywood Reporter notes that, in trying to avoid that pitfall, Relativity is abandoning the lucrative period before the Fourth of July holiday.
Singh’s film also rounded out its cast, adding Mare Winningham (Brothers, Mildred Pierce) as Baker Margaret and Michael Lerner (A Serious Man, Godzilla) as Baron, and, as the seven dwarfs, Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Hancock) and Joey Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers).
They join stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Nathan Lane as her servant Brighton.
In Relativity’s take on the classic story, “an evil queen steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over.”