Last week we heard that Julia Roberts had entered talks to join The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, and now according to Deadline Relativity Media sent out a press release confirming that Roberts will indeed play the Evil Queen.
Relativity also confirms that director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) has entered pre-production on the movie, and the aim is to begin principal photography in April. The company has also set the release date for June 29, 2012, which is a shrewd move as it is six months ahead of Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman December release. Charlize Theron will play the Evil Queen in that one, with Viggo Mortensen playing the Huntsman and Kristen Stewart as Snow White.
Singh’s Snow White movie begins with the evil stepmother killing Snow White’s father and destroying the kingdom. Snow White then bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarves to reclaim what is rightfully hers.
At this point it doesn’t look like either is backing down, but The Brothers Grimm: Snow White seems to have the advantage with an earlier release date, a big name actress attached, and a shoot scheduled to begin within months.