The first trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts, has been released – and it’s getting something of a mixed reaction online…
Based on the traditional Brothers Grimm story of Snow White, Mirror Mirror stars Julia Roberts as Queen Clementianna, whose competition in winning the heart of the handsome prince is none other than Snow White, played by The Blind Side‘s Lily Collins.
Despite the fact that Singh has previously been quoted as saying that Roberts was first to be cast, as he thought her perfect for the role, there has been a certain amount of debate surrounding her suitability, especially since the release of the trailer. Twitter debates have raged around whether or not she is ‘evil’ enough to do the role justice, and despite the fact that her performance seems to steal the show (in the trailer, at least), will her character come across as one which is simply jealous and bitchy, rather than truly wicked?
The proof is likely to be in just how far the Queen is willing to go in order to win the affections of Prince Andrew Alcott, played by The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer. Hammer beat both James McAvoy and Alex Pettyfer in being given this role, and both he and Collins seems to be getting off likely in terms of the public reaction to this trailer. Despite the dramatic visuals and and impressive costumes, this sneak peak at Mirror Mirror has also been criticized for being overly camp, and featuring some particularly terrible attempts as humour. It certainly looks like this film will be a huge step away from the style of action-fantasy that we saw with Singh’s latest release, Immortals, which starred Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke.
Of course, Mirror Mirror is also being inevitably compared to ‘the other Snow White film’ – Snow White & the Huntsman. How will Roberts fare against Charlize Theron in the battle of the evil queens? We can’t wait to find out!
Both Mirror Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman are due to reach cinemas next year. Check out the brand new trailer for Mirror Mirror below, and let us know what you make of it!