Saturday, October 8, 2011

Photo Stills from the Lily Collins Snow White (2012)

So there's been a media blitz the last few days of images from the upcoming Snow White starring Lily Collins. So I thought I would share. This one is definitely aiming to be the antithesis of the Kristen Stewart version which will compete practically head to head with it. This one, as yet untitled, will be released March 16, 2012.

What do you think of these costumes? I'm seeing an Oscar nod, to be sure. The designer is Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), so that isn't a stretch of the imagination. All of this reminds me of the second (first?) Star Wars trilogy when Amidala and her retinue were given grand and large to wear but without an Oriental influence this time. Although I keep thinking of Bjork when I see that atrocious swan headpiece. I collect and wear hats, folks. I put a lot of things on my head no one else would imagine. But that swan, never!

From Entertainment Weekly which tells a little more than I blockquote here:

It’s at this ball where Snow White (Abduction‘s Lily Collins) infiltrates the court in hopes of persuading a prince (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer) to help her overthrow the murderous usurper. However the queen has already set her cougar eyes on him.

The script, originally by Melisa Wallack, was rewritten by Jason Keller who recently did Machine Gun Preacher, (so expect a little more edge than the Disney take on this material.)

Like many evil-doers, this queen maintains a phony cheerful demeanor in public, and prefers not to get her own hands dirty with such menial issues as murdering her step-daughter, which is the only way to maintain her place on the throne. “She outsources her evil, just like most people,” says Tarsem. “I wanted a person who is just schizophrenic. She’s a person who would just do all the evil she needs to do to stay in power.”

Luckily for Snow White, that means she can remain undetected for a while and attempt to unseat the woman who is destroying her late father’s kingdom.

She has some helpers, of course. Seven of them.


  1. I'll be honest, when I first saw these, I was really put off. I still am. I'm not terribly excited for the Kstew project either, because while I like the idea of a butt kicking Snow White, I don't really feel like Kristen Stewart is capable of carrying it off. Also, if we're going to see that kind of Snow...well, I'd rather it just be Fables' version.


  3. Tidbit: Ishioka directed the video for the Björk single "Cocoon"; it's one of my favourite moving-picture works.

    The headpiece makes me think first of all of the animal headpieces designed by Nagi Noda shortly before her death (which Björk has also worn one of, again) but unlike those (which are a beautiful, high-art take on an apparently tasteless concept) this one, to put it politely, doesn't look up to Ishioka's standards. But we'll see how it looks on film and in movement; I'm trying not to miss any more Tarsem films in cinemas if I can for now, though I don't like everything in them they've moments of a magic that's rare to feel from movies for someone that sees as far too many of them as I tend to.