Disney has issued a response to Peter Dinklage’s criticism of its Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake, after he branded it ‘backwards’.
The Game of Thrones actor, who has a common form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, blasted the studio for countering its progressiveness by continuing to tell the story of ‘dwarfs living in a cave’.
However, Disney has now revealed they are working with the dwarfism community to represent them without causing offence.
In a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter, they said: ‘To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community.
‘We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.’
During his interview on the WTF podcast with Marc Maron, Peter said: ‘Literally no offence to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. But you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
‘Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.’
The actor added: ‘You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that f**king backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f**k are you doing man?’
Iconic Disney princess Snow White will be played by West Side Story actress Rachel Zegler, who Peter, 52, said he has ‘love and respect’ for.
‘Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soap box?’ he then joked. ‘I guess I’m not loud enough.’
The original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first Disney animated film and was released in 1937. It is based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
The remake is scheduled to begin production this year, with Gal Gadot starring alongside Rachel as the Evil Queen.
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