Behold! Julia Roberts as Evil Queen in 'Snow White' -- FIRST LOOK

She was the Pretty Woman. Now she’s one bad mutha … Well, step-mutha.

Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen in the still-untitled Snow White movie from Relativity Media (out March 16) certainly looks imperious, but she does not wear her wickedness on her sleeve (there’s already plenty going on there as it is.)

“She’s the cat that ate the canary,” says director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, the upcoming Immortals). “From serial killers to anyone who does evil deeds, they basically have a devil-made-me-do-it excuse, or they hear voices,” he continues. “I decided for the evil queen, this is going to be a person who sees her [good] self — but there’s a mirror personality.”

If she can see herself at all.

In the larger version of this picture, we discover that the kind of gown this queen sports as casual wear still tends to dwarf her.

Jan Thijs

This massive outfit, from Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), displays the queen’s self-absorbed opulence. Here, the queen is merely relaxing on her golden throne, while in other shots (see the full gallery here), the Queen is sporting a red peacock gown while attending a costume ball.

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.

Photo by Matthew Rolston

The dwarfs are bandits who live in the woods outside the kingdom and wear stilts when they attack passing caravans, which has the citizens fearing giants – not little guys. (You can click the image for a larger version, too.)

When Snow is exiled into the wilderness after the queen’s majordomo, played by Nathan Lane, can’t bring himself to kill her, the dwarfs take pity on a fellow outcast and begin offering their skills to help.

“They all train her in different things,” says Tarsem, who notes that Collins may look delicate but can really take a hit. “Surprisingly, the first day she came in and she’s very physical.”

Relativity isn’t releasing the character names just yet, but from left to right the actors in the photo are: Jordan Prentice, Joey Gnoffo , Sabastian Saraceno, Collins, Martin Klebba, Mark Provinelli, Ronald Lee Clark and Danny Woodburn.)

Her scenes with the queen are just as combative, though not always with a sword. “She gets in character and stays there,” says Collins. “She’s ‘Julia’ and graceful and an amazing woman, but on-screen, when she turns … the way she’s playing the queen, people feel really bad for Snow White.”

Relativity’s film is one of two Snow White movies currently in production, with Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman. That movie is due June 1.

Both movies have claimed distance from the other, with Universal’s film more of a dark action-adventure and Relativity’s a more fanciful, family-friendly fairy tale.

“They’re so far behind us, there’s no point in watching it,” Tarsem says, meaning the rival production — not the finished film itself. “It’s a different type of film.”

For more on who is the fairest of them all: @Breznican

Read More:
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  • ^

    How lackluster.
    She doesn’t look evil at all.
    She only looks like Julia Roberts.
    Talk about miscasting.
    Look at the tranformation that Glen Close did for 101 Dalmations.

    • Thank you, Carla…

      I agree—although it’s just one pic. I’ve never seen Julia play evil, other than that dreadful “Best Friend’s Wedding” movie.

      • ^

        She was pretty evil for accepting that Oscar for a TV Movie-of-the-Week role.

      • Captain

        “Hi, I’m Julia Roberts. You know a lot of people died in the tsunami but don’t worry, I didn’t.”

      • ^

        Please tell me that is a true quote.

      • wsugar

        God she looks old.

      • @^

        I agree with you about that Oscar comment. Between her and Clooney, I don’t know who went stumping around H’Wood the most to try to win.
        Roberts was only hired for her appeal and not her acting abilities.

      • DRG

        Miscasting? More like typecasting.

      • brado

        Oh, it must be “cool” to hate Julia Roberts. I didn’t get the memo. Losers.

      • ^ ^ ^ ^

        Bravo. clap.clap.clap.
        Now the internet can once again be blessed by your presence.

      • Nathan

        The tsunami quote was from Family Guy, funny sh….. uh stuff.

      • Forget Julia Roberts…

        Lily Allen is what’s going to be the big thing about this film!
        HOT!

      • tang2

        Snow White and the Hunstsman seems better to me based on the pics I saw so far. And Rupert Sandres is great, I know some of his jobs. Tarsem’s SW is more for children, I believe.BTW,I wanna share a good news to you.My best friend ,she just has announced her wedding with a millionaire man who is a businessman!they met via Millionaireloving.C óM ..it is the largest and best club for rich people and their admirers to chat online. …You do not have to be rich or famous. ,but you can meet one , It’s worthy a try,Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends!

      • Jane D’oh

        Julia Roberts is only evil off-screen. There’s a reason why the crew of “Hook” referred to her as Tinker-Hell.

      • Mike

        She actally did play an evil character on an od episode of La w &Order. She did a brilliat job.

      • Old Man

        Julia Roberts from Mystic Pizza as the Evil queen? Humbug

      • Liz Lemon

        Yes, but the Queen isn’t supposed to be obviously evil. She’s the “fairest in the land” before the mirror chooses Snow White.
        The fact that she doesn’t look obviously evil and dressed all in black makes her even more scary in my opinion.
        Plus, this version is a dark comedy…she’s not supposed to look “evil.”

      • Lemuel

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    • Be not proud, EW

      Your exclusive photos have been pretty lackluster lately to be crowing about being exclusive.
      First The Avengers and now this.

    • ICanRead

      I can read…can you? The story specifically states that the evil queen sees herself as good, and therefore looks pretty normal. It is the inside that is rotten to the core. A great actress will be able to convey that without having to resort to visual stereotypes of evil.

      • KK

        Thank god there is one literate person here who can see reason. :) lol I agree. I have a hard time seeing Julia Roberts as evil…but the fact remains, that for her to have so much power – she CAN NOT BE OBVIOUS! therefore…she must be pretty to cover up the rotten inside. That’s how it works dude. In stories! :)

      • Saturn5

        Thank you Julia…..

      • Julia

        Kiss my feet!

      • PennyBeGood

        I agree that a great actor/actress can project evil no matter their costume. I was just hoping for something more unique or arresting in the photo. I look at this picture, and it just seems like Julie Roberts in a big, gold dress.

    • iHeart

      I agree she doesn’t look that threatening, and yet the antagonist in Once Upon a Time actually looks threatening with or without the Evil Queen look,

      • Ally

        They should have dyed her hair darker..or black. She just looks like herself in a gown.

      • Julia

        I wasn’t really that into this.

    • tommymommy

      All these years and Julia is back to her Shelby hair from Steel Magnolias. Not going to see this–not because of Julia Roberts–but because the story of Snow White sucks.

      • mary q contrary

        Oh wow, you are so right about the Shelby hair. Remember when she’s in that pink suit right after the wedding? That hair – OH, that hair. At least it wasn’t a brown football helmet, though.

    • Cygnus

      Hmmm looks like Julia Roberts with a tiara. I like Lily Collins’ look, but the rest of the movie looks almost by-the-numbers. Whereas, the Kristen Stewart version looks like it’s thinking out of the books, and can be very interesting creatively.

      • Meh

        I agree. I don’t dislike Julia Roberst, and in fact, I was looking forward to see how she would play an evil character in a fantasy film. The pics looks underwhelming because, like most have already mentioned, she simply looks like Julia Roberts wearing a big gown, big hair, and a tiara. I didn’t care too much for the Charlize Theron pics, but at least she looks “evil,” like she is in character. In here, Julia looks like Julia, realxing on the set.

      • mary q contrary

        Out of the box, you mean? Because if we’re going by ‘out of the book(s)’, this one seems closer to the fairy tale version we all know already.

      • Julia

        You haven’t worked with me to know this is what real evil is like.

    • Carrie

      I agree. They should’ve done something more with her hair & makeup. She simply looks like the same old Julia Roberts in a fancy dress and crown. The expression on her face doesn’t even say ‘evil queen’. Boring.

    • Sara

      I agree. However, I thought she was downright cruel in Notting Hill! :)

    • R

      iAGREE

    • elle

      I totally agree. I thought that when I saw this on People magazine. No interesting makeup. Just plain.
      Weird choices.

    • Chandler Bing

      Julia Roberts has got to be one of the most over-rated celebrities in Hollywood.
      Well, her and Jennifer Aniston.

    • Liz Lemon

      I didn’t know Evil looked a certain way. I think the fact that she DOESN’T look evil will make her even more impressive and manipulative.

    • Mohsin

      Jessica Hyland – Tim, I remember when I met you and you were just srnittag out as a photographer with 3D your skill has grown tremendously and it is SO COOL to see you doing so well now and it really is truly AMAZING to see what a talent you have. Please remember me when you are super famous & are showing off galleries all across the US in a few years! Muah!December 6, 2010 8:54 am

    • Hala

      Jay – Great job, Tim! Nice use of props/posing love the jackets/snow. And yeah, stmmoiees you gotta go that extra mile stmmoiees, definitely had my share of these types of things setting up shootsDecember 22, 2010 2:22 pm

  • Layla

    Too bad for Tarsem this movie looks like a joke. I hated the queen’s costume and I’m not excited to see it. On the other hand SWATH looks pretty epic to me, dark and interesting. SWATH FOR THE WIN SO FAR!!!

    • Jenn

      As an aside, I’m starting to wish the other film were just called “Swath.”

      • UGH

        I can start wearing my Swatch again?

      • mary q contrary

        Dear UGH: no, you can never wear your Swatch again. They were never cool, we just thought they were. But you CAN make a visit to Mood in NYC, where an adorable doggy named Swatch lives.

      • Old Man

        I would rather take the swatch. Thank you.

    • teal deer

      Cool story, bro

    • Matt

      Agreed

  • StewyFan

    I think Lily looks quite striking and beautiful. The periwinkle blue brings out the color of her hair and fair skin. Julia, on the other hand, doesn’t look very evil.

    • mary q contrary

      I definitely think she looks better in this shot than the last one we saw. I especially like the Audrey Hepburn bangs. Much better than the butt part in the shot from a few months ago.

    • cate

      This photo of Lily as Snow White is much better than the one that was previously released where she looked like a doll.

  • Snowww

    Me likes SWATH better.

    • R

      me too! SWATH is better!

  • Teresa Price

    It’s very lazy to make Julia Roberts look no different than she does in real life in this film.
    I’ve always wanted to see her do a movie with Tom Cruise. They are both incredible actors and it would be amazing to see them bounce off each other in a film.
    It was also a wasted opportunity that they didn’t cast seven recognisable actors with comedic experience to play the Seven Dwarfs such as Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Rowan Atkinson, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Rob Schneider, Jeremy Piven, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, Billy Connolly, Danny DeVito, Robin Williams, George Lopez, John Cleese, Steve Coogan.

    • Really?

      Tom Cruise is almost always “Tom Cruise” in every movie.
      So’s, Julia Roberts.

      • Mike

        Tom Cruise would make an excellent dwarf….I’m thinking Dopey.

      • Saturn5

        ^This!!!

    • Jane

      Umm, they didn’t cast those actors because they want to cast actual little people. Do your research

      • ?

        Ummm, you seem to have a lot of time on your own hands.

      • mary q contrary

        Dear Jane: You dropped your sense of humor on the way to work this morning. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to 666 YouAreABuffoon Lane and we’ll have that right back to you.

      • Nicosis

        #FAIL!!!!!

    • Diane

      yes, how dare they cast actual little people in the roles of the dwarves. rolling my eyes at you, buddy.

  • Simon

    Snow White and the Hunstsman seems better to me based on the pics I saw so far. And Rupert Sandres is great, I know some of his jobs. Tarsem’s SW is more for children, I believe.

    • ash

      Unfortunately, they have Stewart.

  • KateFG

    Humm, what Tarsem? So, are you trashing the other Snow White movie? (that btw, looks so much better than yours);
    Errrrrr, I think I’m gonna skip yours. You don’t need to trash another movie to make yours looks better. Geez, this is beyond pathetic.
    I’m going with SWATH, thank you so much.

    • To Kate

      Tarsem has been trashing the other Snow White movie for months. The guy has zero class. He talks a big game for a guy whose movies always end up stinking script and storyline wise.

  • Diggity

    That’s not very interesting at all.

  • No Peter Dinklage=Epic Fail

    Better luck next time, Tarsem.

    • wsugar

      It looks like a WIN (for Peter Dinklage that is.)

      • ^

        Haha. True dat.

      • mary q contrary

        Ha! I was thinking while looking at the shot that it’s a really good thing Game of Thrones came along, or Dinklage might have been forced to slum it in this piece of garbage.

    • orville

      Or Warwick Davis for that matter.

      • Eric the Midget

        @#$% all of you!

      • Each

        - Beautiful job Kasia &Anna. Love the photos!What a fatatsnic idea! I was just chatting with a friend earlier today that if you really love each other and want to get married you can do it your own way just the two of you, the officiant and the photographer at some place beautiful and wild without necessarily following any dogmas, inviting a small army and spending a fortune Tonight I saw these images on your site funny how it works.

  • debs

    KStew fans are so transparent, lol. Yes, I’m sure this film “lost” you, as if you were ever going to give it a chance. And yet, no matter how much you trash this online, it will probably still outgross SWATH, because at least it knows what demo it’s appealing to. SWATH is too girly for guys, too dark for little girls.

    • StewyFan

      Well, I am a huge Kristen fan and I am looking forward to seeing both films. I think Lily looks great. So there goes that theory. Nice try though.

    • reene

      ita. they’re so obvious and biased. and childish.

      Be careful Tarsem, crazy Twihards-KStew stans coming for you

    • lol

      i noticed the same thing. if kristen stewart was in this one they would be saying “omg, this looks amazing!”

    • lyzz0

      I despise Kristen Stewart as an actress, but would rather see SWATH then this one. Beautiful costumes aside and a better actress as Snow White, this version doesn’t have the meat or gravitas the other film does. Tarsem makes beautiful looking films…with weak plots. After Immortals bombs next month, we’ll see some desperate PR tactics from his camp, including more SWATH bashing. Hey, there is a reason this guy is only on his 4th film after being the industry for 15+years.

  • Joel

    it looks like julia roberts needed to pay her mortgage and this came along.

    • KC

      Trying very hard to be relevant after her recent bombs.

      • Jane

        Only an idiot would say this considering that Eat Pray Love made over 200 million world wide, as did Valentine’s Day and she just made them last year. Try again.

      • ^

        Trying very hard to be relevant after her recent bomb. (Larry Crowne)

      • @^

        Smart move on her part, you gotta say. What better way to keep your box office clout and salary by making some easy money with a kids’ film?
        Although her excuse is she wanted to make a film for her own kids.
        Please.

      • Emiko

        Great job! You guys are so creative. I like the pics with the mutsnag name and Julia and Tim in it. Great job on the beach too. I love beach shots, they are so warm!

  • ^

    I’m no “KStew” fan and even I have to say the other movie looks more promising.
    Like someone else said, this one must be for the kids.

  • Susan

    NEG pretend I ws ever going to see Relativity’s SW bt I walked out of Tarsem’s last film & these new stills def don’t justify his arrogance.

  • LOLDEBS

    and nonstens are apparent too. BOTH sides are. You just gave off your NONSTEN checklist that you all spout on every site about why no one will like kstew’s movie. Lame. Both sides are. I like Kristen, but I don’t have dog in this fight. Both look fine I guess, but it’s SW you can only go so far with it being interesting because ultimatelySW is a boring princess.

  • Carol

    This SW looks cheesy. The other looks dark and more adult. To be honest I’m interested in this one at all.

    • Jane

      That’s because this one IS NOT FOR ADULTS. It’s really not that hard to understand. This is for kids and is more of a family movie.

      • Carol

        And that’s why I said I’m more interested in the other SW movie. Gotta??

      • Tarzan

        Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,

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