Disney's forthcoming live-action Snow White has cast its male lead, but he won't play any of the classic fairytale's traditional male roles.
According to THR, Tony Award-winner Andrew Burnap will star opposite Rachel Zegler's eponymous princess in a role created exclusively for the remake. In past incarnations, both the Prince and the Huntsman have been depicted as the male leads. While primarily a stage actor, Burnap's past film credits include Spare Room and The Chaperone, with TV credits including Instinct, The Code, Younger and The Good Fight. He also voiced members of the Laramie Gang in Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption II.
Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is based on an 1812 fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and is notably the first Disney animated motion picture. The story centers on a young princess who's forced to perform manual labor by her villainous stepmother, a queen, who's jealous of Snow White's beauty. When the Queen sends the Huntsman to kill Snow White, she flees into the wilderness, where she befriends seven dwarves, each with distinct personalities.
"Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts," director Marc Webb said when Zegler was cast as Snow White. "Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale."
In addition to Zegler and Burnap, Snow White stars Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.