Cast & Credits:
Release Date: March 30, 2012
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Tarsem Singh
Screenwriter: Melisa Wallack, Jason Keller
Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba, Joey Gnoffo, Sean Bean
MPAA Rating: PG (for some fantasy action and mild rude rumor)
- Categories: Action | Comedy | Fantasy | All
Relativity's "Mirror Mirror" is a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale starring Oscar® winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins ("The Blind Side") as Snow White, Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," "The Lord of the Rings") as the King and Nathan Lane ("The Lion King," "The Birdcage") as the Queen's hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over.
Visionary director Tarsem Singh ("Immortals") rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan's (Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Hammer). When Snow White's beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits.
Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. With the support of her subjects, she roars into action in an epic battle that blends spectacle, magic and contemporary humor in Singh's signature, jaw-dropping visual style.
Lily Collins admitted in an interview that she originally auditioned for the role of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, losing to Kristen Stewart.
Until the filming was complete, Mirror Mirror was known as The Untitled Snow White Project. Though director Tarsem Singh's intention was to make a family-friendly action comedy, he admitted to the press that he was disappointed with the title Mirror, Mirror. He said in an interview that we would have preferred the simple title of "Snow."
Julia Roberts said in an interview, "I was like, 'this is a terrible idea.' I was against it (the movie) a thousand percent." However, when Roberts had a meeting with director Tarsem Singh, her opinions changed completely. "I am such a fan of Tarsem, and fell under his spell."
According to Julia Roberts, her costumes in the film were both heavy and almost impossible to move in. At one point while shooting, Roberts turned rather quickly to her co-star Nathan Lane during a take, and pulled a muscle. Needless to say, they had to stop shooting. Lane asked if Roberts was alright, and she responded with, "I think I just ripped something."
In many traditions of Snow White, the actress playing the Evil Queen also plays the Witch/Crone role with the poisoned apple. Producers kept videos and photographs of 'Julia Robert (I)''s "hag" transformation under wraps before the film was released to both surprise and lure audiences. However, director Tarsem Singh revealed in an interview, "Julia does become a hag in the end, it's pretty gross."
This is Julia Roberts' second film playing an iconic fairy tale role; two decades earlier, she played Tinkerbell in Hook.