Saoirse Ronan is in talks to star in Order of Seven, an action adventure tale based loosely on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re a fan of Snow White, you’ll have your pick between Relativity Media’s frivolous take Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. Disney, oddly enough, is late to the game with their submission even though the project began development ten years ago.
In other casting news, Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the Jackie Brown prequel, Switch along with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hit the jump for much more on Ronan and Burrell’s roles and respective projects.
If you were under the impression that there are only two Snow White projects currently in development, you’re sadly mistaken. In addition to Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project, Disney has been developing a take of their own because really, audiences have been demanding more and more Snow White movies for a long time now. Disney’s version takes place in China, and Heat Vision reports that the Mouse House has settled on commercials director and visual effects wizard Michael Gracey to bring the now-titled The Order of the Seven to life. Hit the jump for details on the 19th-century China-set story as well as the other two Snow White projects we have coming down the pipeline.
It seems that Snow White is all the rage in Hollywood. Universal has Snow White and the Huntsmen with Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart mulling over roles, and Relativity Media is working on The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Well now Disney’s thrown its hat into the ring with its long-gestating Snow White project getting a punch-up by recent Oscar nominee (and past winner) Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). The film, titled Snow and the Seven transports the fairy tale to 19th century China. Heat Vision describes the plot thusly:
A 19th century Englishwoman returns to her Hong Kong home for her father’s funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She escapes to mainland China, finding solace among a rogue band of seven international warriors.
Well, that’s certainly one way to go with the story. Disney is currently waiting to see how Natalie Portman’s pregnancy will impact her decision to star in the film. No matter, if Portman decides to take some time off this will certainly be the next project that elicits casting rumors for months, with every young actress sure to be vying for the role. No word on when they’re looking to get production started, though this is one of their top priority properties at the moment so expect more info sooner rather than later.