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Rachel Zegler to play Snow White in live-action Disney film

June 22 (UPI) -- Rachel Zegler will play Snow White in a new live-action Disney film.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed Tuesday that Zegler, 20, will star in Snow White, an upcoming adaptation of the 1937 animated Disney film.

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Marc Webb will direct the remake, which is described as a new take on the classic film. The original Snow White follows a princess who flees her villainous stepmother, the Queen.

The new film features original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). The original movie included such songs as "Heigh-Ho" and "Whistle While You Work."

Deadline said production is expected to begin in 2022.

"Rachel's extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts. Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale," Webb said.

Zegler will play Maria in Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake of West Side Story. The film opens in theaters Dec. 10.

Sources said Zegler's performance in early footage from West Side Story blew away the Snow White casting team.

In addition, Zegler will appear in the DC film Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Fury of the Gods director David F. Sandberg shared a photo of new costumes from the sequel this week.

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