The upcoming competition between rival Snow White movies Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, and Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, did not stop Disney execs from moving forward with their own revisionist take on the Snow White legend.
Variety reported today that Saoirse Ronan signed on to play Olivia Sinclair, the lead in their revisionist Snow White tale ORDER OF THE SEVEN, previously known as Snow and the Seven.
Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt, Jayson Rothwell, Michael DeBruyn, Scott Moore, Jon Lucas, Scott Elder and Michael Chabon all worked on various drafts of the script about Snow White's dwarves reinterpreted as warriors from an ancient order who help an Englishwoman battle an ancient evil in 19th century China.
Earlier, visual effects expert and commercials director Michael Gracey replaced Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) as the director on the movie. Gracey worked as an animator at Animal Logic working on films like Happy Feet and created award-winning commercials for T-Mobile and Lipton. Plans call for production on the long-delayed movie, this time with a script that distances the story from the Snow White legend, to start in the fall.
Ronan was last seen as a teen girl assassin in the action movie Hanna and the adventure movie The Way Back.
The seventeen-year-old New York City native is the main voice in the upcoming Studio Ghibli feature The Secret World of Arrietty, an adaptation of The Borrowers, as well as the vampire movie Byzantium and the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host with Andrew Niccol as writer/director.