The Pretty Woman has turned into a wicked one.
Production began Monday in Montreal on the first movie in Hollywood’s Great Snow White Derby ’11, Relativity Media’s comedy-fantasy starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, and Lily Collins as the apple-biting heroine.
A rival movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron as the queen, begins shooting later this year, and each film has been shifting release dates in a bid to debut first. (Roberts’ movie was originally slated for next summer, and Theron’s movie was heading for the following holidays, until the Theron picture’s producers announced it would come out June 1, 2012, which led the Roberts version to leap ahead to March 16, 2012.)
During pre-production, Tarsem Singh (the surrealist director of The Cell, The Fall and the upcoming mythological action-adventure The Immortals) shared details of the Julia Roberts version with EW.
Below, read why he chose America’s Sweetheart to play a monster, how fiery the rivalry is getting with the other movie, and why dwarfs make life “difficult”: