YouTuber-turned-actress Rachel Zegler has been cast as Snow White in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of 1937’s animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The movie is set to enter production in 2022.
Director Marc Webb confirmed the news to Deadline, saying that Zegler’s “strength, intelligence, and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.”
Zegler also shared her excitement about the casting in a series of social media posts.
Rachel Zegler still hasn’t made her official movie debut. She stars as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, but the feature won’t be out until later this year. She got the role of Maria back in 2018, responding to an open casting call and beating 30,000 other applicants.
Previously, Zegler was known for her YouTube channel, which she started in 2015. She previously uploaded covers of popular songs on it, but now mostly does vlogs and clips about her life in Hollywood.
Besides Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and West Side Story, Zegler will also be part of DC’s superhero movie Shazam! Fury of the Gods. She will “play a mysterious key role” in the latter one, but exact details remain unknown.