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In the ongoing battle of the Snow White movie projects, the one directed by Tarsem has taken a step forward by casting its princess. According to Variety Lily Collins, the 22-year-old Blind Side actress who also happens to be the daughter of Phil Collins, has been cast as the lead in the untitled 3D film, which features Snow White teaming up with the classic seven dwarves to reclaim her kingdom from the wicked queen. That evil ruler will be played by Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer is on board to play "Prince Andrew Alcott," who presumably wakes Snow White from her spell at the end of the story.
Relativity Media has been moving swiftly forward with the project in recent weeks, gearing up to start production in May and setting a release date of June 29, 2012. Meanwhile the primary competition, Snow White and the Huntsman, recently lost Viggo Mortensen in the titular male lead; still, Kristen Stewart is attached as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the wicked queen, and production is scheduled for the fall in time for a December 2012 release.
With neither Relativity or Universal blinking at this point-- despite the setback in finding a male lead for Huntsman-- it looks like we really will be getting two Snow White projects within six months of each other next year, making the fairy tale heroine the asteroid, volcano or Truman Capote of 2012. There's so much starpower on either side it's hard to say which one will come out on top, but given how many seemingly identical superhero movies we're dealing with this summer, I don't really mind having two Snow White projects to choose from next year.
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