Julia Roberts to play Evil Queen in 'Snow White'

Julia-RobertsImage Credit: Landmark/PR PhotosThe Brothers Grimm: Snow White has found its Evil Queen. EW has confirmed that, as rumored, Julia Roberts will be playing the villainous role for the Brett Ratner-produced film for Relativity, which starts production in April. This project, of course, is not to be confused with Snow White and the Huntsman; that Universal film, which may feature Kristen Stewart in the role of Snow White, will likely star Charlize Theron as its Evil Queen. (Viggo Mortensen is in talks for the Huntsman role.)

UPDATE: Relativity Media officially confirmed Roberts will play the Evil Queen. “Julia was our first and only choice to play the Queen,” said producer and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh in a statement. “She is an icon, and we know that she will make this role her own in a way that no one else could.”

More Julia Roberts and Snow White from EW:
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Julia Roberts in talks for ‘Snow White’?
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  • UGH

    Gotta get back that box office clout somehow I guess…

    • B

      Yeah, her last film only grossed $200 million. How embarrassing. Oh, wait…

      • DRG

        So she’s going to play herself?

      • A.

        Julia Roberts = Most obnoxious Oscar speech ever.

      • dm

        anyone could have starred in eat, pary love and it would have been a hit at the box office, just because the book was so huge. can’t give roberts much credit for that one.

      • Le HIROSHI said “crouching,” not “craw” purposefully, Mr Addimoronic Bully.

        LOL “with” DRG. You sound like you know her. . .: )

      • Le HIROSHI said “crouching,” not “craw” purposefully, Mr Addimoronic Bully.

        LOL “with” DRG. You sound like you knew her well. . .: )

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    • LOL

      Sarah Palin is more evil.

      • danette

        I heard that!! No make up or special effects required. And she can see Russia from those woods I bet.

      • scaramanga

        Agree!!

  • P.O’D

    Boooooo

  • Felix

    Julia Roberts. And Kristen Stewart. Wow.

    Our only hope is that Tarsem Singh is directing this. Maybe he can hide these women behind cool special effects, like he did with Jennifer Lopez in The Cell.

    • Tye-Grr

      Did you even read the above? They aren’t in the same film. Kristen Stewart will be in the one with Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen, though it’s not set in stone.

    • Liz Lemon

      I wonder who they’re going to cast as the other two Snow Whites (presuming Kristen Stewart does get cast for the Universal one) and aren’t there supposed to be PRINCES involved at some point too? Someone’s got to kiss her to break the spell.

      • Matt

        LOL. Liz, I believe you are thinking of the animated Disney version. Re-read the original…

      • Liz Lemon

        Wait..are you telling me there’s no Prince? There has to be a Prince. There’s 3 films! One of them has got to have a Prince!

      • Ab

        Actually, Matt, the original does have a prince. He just does not have to kiss her to break the spell. The apple is lodged in her throat and when his servants drop the coffin then the apple gets dislodged and she revives. Then they get married.

    • henry

      I have never seen or heard from so many dam know-it-alls in my life,no matter what the subject is or what i’ts about these people have all the solutons and answers…

  • Nan

    Wait, there are 2 separate Snow White movies in the works? So who’s gonna play Snow White in this one? Geez, Hollywood just can’t think of new ideas to save their life.

    • Dee

      Make that three, Disney’s got one in the works too.

      • lefty

        No I think that one came out 50 years ago.

      • Liz Lemon

        @lefty: Disney is making a live action version that will be set in China. Instead of 7 dwarves, it will be 7 warriors.

      • Calebin2004

        Emma Roberts as SW with aunt Julia as the Witch

    • JP

      This is like when they had all those Peter Pan/Hook movies come out at the same time…

      • District 12

        or Antz and a Bugs life
        or Armageddon and that other asteroid movie

    • Me

      “Geez, Hollywood just can’t think of new ideas to save their life.”- Glad Hollywood didn’t listen to that belly aching in 1939 or we would have never gotten “The Wizard of Oz”, since that was the second or third time it had actually been filmed.

      • Jo

        Don’t know where you pulled that out of. It was the first(Original) version of the book, and was deemed bland and unoriginal by the press.

      • Ian

        There were 6 different versions of Oz adaptations before the 1939 film. They were of different lengths, different formats, some had very little connection to the original material, and some were adapted by Baum himself, but Oz had already been on film or radio 30 years before the film everyone knows was released. And who cares what the press and critics said??? There were critics who slammed Schindler’s List, Shawshank, Star Wars, ET, and any number of films that were regarded as classics soon after and those labels thrown on by the press were quickly forgotten.

    • Korey

      Also, Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, Volcano and Dante’s Peak…

  • Taylor

    How confusing.

  • Mike

    There are 2 Snow White’s being produced and they are both apparently going to be “dark”… BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Liz Lemon

      There are actually 3 Snow White films. Disney, Relativity, and Universal are all producing Snow White films.
      So far, the Grimm Brothers and the Disney version (which will be set in China) both sound interesting to me. The Grimm version has some talented filmmakers behind it and I like the concept of the Disney one (hopefully they won’t cast one of those disney stars as Snow White).

      • JJ

        Actually there are four; they just released the photos of Meryl as the evil Queen (Margaret Thatcher). It’s very dark.

      • Liz Lemon

        @JJ: LOL.

      • Matt

        I heard a Rumor that Selena Gomez is gonna be a Snow White. Not sure if its the Disney one.

  • ash

    oh, my….hollywood officially out of creativity. What’s next, 3 remakes of Sleeping Beauty!?
    actually i’m sure that will happen. I guess because AIW did so well

    • Mike

      Actually there is rumor that Tim Burton may make a film based around Maleficient from Sleeping Beauty.

      • Nathan

        I wonder who will play opposite Helena Bonham Carter in that one?

      • Liz Lemon

        Lol. Actually Angelina Jolie was in talks to play Maleficient.

      • Marie

        If Tim Burton’s directing, probably Johnny Depp.

      • California

        I really hope the Maleficent movie gets made. It sounds good, and I think Angelina could do Maleficent some justice.

      • kathi

        what the….I think she will stink…get somebody who can act….and doesnt charge 20 millon a picture…yea,Im jealous…it should be me!!!

      • scaramanga

        Johnny is not going to be in this one.

  • K

    I think Charlize Theron is better casting than Julia (as much as I love Julia) and anything is better casting than K.Stew.

  • writer_monkey

    We can’t even get one version out the door before we’re “rebooting” (i.e. rehashing) the whole mess? And yet there’s all this original work by new or unproduced writers no one’s bothering to consider? Original work they can acquire for a song instead of commissioning bloated-budget projects to flood audiences with? HEADDESK.

    Producers really need to stop telling themselves they’re thwarted creative types. Sigh.

  • me

    Julia as the Evil Queen? Type casting?

    • Le HIROSHI said “crouching,” not “craw” purposefully, Mr Addimoronic Bully.

      LOL. . . Is she really that mean? : )

    • scaramanga

      If the shoe fits……

  • nezzo

    this sounded interesting until Brett Ratner’s name was mentioned…

    • B

      Agreed.

    • Cat

      Agreed

    • dm

      agreed

  • Jill

    why two snow white films ? seems ridiculous to do even one.

    • Liz Lemon

      3 Snow White films! 3! I don’t get it either.
      I heard they’re also making a live action Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood is coming out soon. All of this because of the success of Alice in Wonderland.

  • efrain

    Julia Roberts & Brett Ratner?! I’m going to watch this movie for sure!

  • Danielle

    Reports have already said Kristen Stewart was never offered the role. Get your facts straight EW.

  • lisa

    all i know is that on some of the blogs, kristen stewart fans are really ripping julia roberts apart. calling her too old, not beautiful.

    • @lisa

      And that makes no sense, because Kristen Stewart and Julia are not even in the same film. And Julia Roberts is gorgeous. Hate all you want…you can’t deny that. Twilight fans are idiots.

      • danette

        Not all people who have read Twilight are idiots. And the girl above is probably a kid who believes everything they see on TV or reads on these blogs. Give us all a break from the sewage coming from your mouth. Maybe you would feel bad if someone heavily dogged something you liked. I would also never call someone an idiot as it is offensive and you may be saying it to a minor. You should be ashamed of yourself but I bet that is not possible.

      • danette

        Not all people who have read Twilight are idiots. And the girl above is probably a kid who believes everything they see on TV or reads on these blogs. Give us all a break from the sewage coming from your mouth. Maybe you would feel bad if someone heavily dogged something you liked. I would also never call someone an idiot as it is offensive and you may be saying it to a minor. You should be ashamed of yourself but I bet that is not possible.

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