Disney’s upcoming Snow White adaptation gives Gal Gadot the chance to enter uncharted acting territory: being diabolically evil.
In an interview with Forbes, Gadot was asked about her role in Snow White as the Evil Queen, which she plays opposite West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler, who portrays the titular princess. “I love it (laughs)! It’s fun, I get to do something different,” she said. “I get to sing and I get to dance and I get to play the villain, which is something that I’ve never done before – and it’s the first Disney villain ever.”
She continued, “I really enjoy working with all people involved, with Marc Webb [directing] and Marc Platt producing and Disney, of course, [actress] Rachel Zegler. It’s just a great experience and I really, really enjoy it and The Evil Queen is very evil, so it’s going to be interesting.”
Gadot didn’t elaborate on how this Queen will stand apart from the original Disney version, nor whether she’ll also play the Queen’s hag form. It was announced in November 2021 that the Wonder Woman star would take on the role of the Evil Queen (also known as the Wicked Queen) in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Snow White.
Originally voiced by Lucille La Verne, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Evil Queen served as the 1937 animated film’s primary antagonist, desiring her stepdaughter’s death after the Magic Mirror revealed Snow White’s beauty would surpass her own. Though not the first adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Walt Disney’s adaptation broke cinematic ground as the first feature-length animated film, making the Queen one of Disney’s first animated villains.
1937’s Evil Queen went on to inspire the looks of countless villains across popular culture while appearing in multiple Disney and Disney-adjacent projects, including the video game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Other variants of the Queen include antagonist-turned-ally Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla) on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, as well as Charlize Theron’s Ravenna in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman and its 2016 follow-up, The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
Gadot’s most recent work includes Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile — an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1937 detective novel — and the Netflix action film Red Notice alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. Zegler, meanwhile, made her Hollywood debut as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which was released in December 2021. In June of that year, it was officially announced that she had been cast as Snow White.
“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts,” director Marc Webb said at the time. “Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.” Joining Zegler and Gadot is theater actor Andrew Burnap, who will play an original character named Jonathan.
Directed by Webb and produced by Marc Platt, Snow White has yet to receive a release date.