Tarsem Singh directing his own take on Snow White is certainly a compelling thought. The Fall and even The Cell are beautiful films, visually speaking, and applying that unique vision to a fairy-tale world is something that has a lot of potential. Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer are all on board as stars, and now Tarsem has added two more names to his growing cast: Nathan Lane and Robert Emms.
Relativity Media confirmed the news in a press release, revealing that Lane will play Brighton, the Queen’s servant, and Emms has the role of Renbock, Prince Alcott’s valet. The film doesn’t have a title yet, though Tarsem told Spinoff Online at WonderCon that it’s not his intention to deliver an “edgy” take on the classic fairy tale.
“Edgy for who? Edgy for Disney? Edgy for Gaspar Noe? Edgy for me? Edgy for who?” he said. “[My Snow White] will not be hardcore. I want to embrace the family in that.” Not too family-friendly though; we also spoke with Collins at WC, who said that Snow isn’t some helpless damsel-in-distress.
“[Snow White] will be a lot of training, I’ve heard. She’s very feminine, but at the same time she turns into a fighter and so she [requires] a lot more training. Which I’m excited for!”
Why don’t you take another look at the trailer for Immortals, as a hint of what a Tarsem-conceived fairy tale might look like …