Perhaps no story encapsulates as many of the current trends in studio filmmaking as well today’s news that Phil Collins’ daughter Lily will play Snow White opposite Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White movie (not to be confused, of course, with Kristen Stewart’s Snow White movie, or Channing Tatum’s Peter Pan movie). The decision caps off a season in which the new coolest things are children of celebrities and gritty reboots of fairy tales. It was a move you could practically see coming in the air tonight.
Lily Collins, the daughter of singer Phil Collins whose breakout role came as the daughter of Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side, has been tapped to play the coveted role of Snow White in Relativity Media’s modern retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the company said tonight. She joins Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott and Julia Roberts as the evil queen in the Tarsem Singh-directed feature, which has begun preproduction ahead of a planned May shoot. The film already has a release date: June 29, 2012. That’s before a competing Snow White project — Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Kristen Stewart in the title role alongside Charlize Theron. [Deadline]
This should be good. Lily Collins is a girl that’s been on my mind all the time, and Relativity is one of my favorite su-su-studios. I hope to see this one more night, provided no jacket is required. Yep, Phil Collins jokes. That’s what I’m bringing to the table here.