Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Lily Collins stars in Relativity Media's MIRROR MIRROR. Photo Credit: Jan Thijs. © 2012 Relativity Media. All Rights Reserved.

Mirror Mirror (2012)

Opened: 03/30/2012 Wide

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Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

Rated: PG for for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.


One of the most beloved stories of all time comes to life in the spectacular motion picture event Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. A fresh and funny retelling of the classic fairy tale, the film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") as the King, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the Queen's hapless and bungling servant, Brighton.

After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest.

Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.

Mirror Mirror stars Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich, Eat Pray Love), Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones"), Mare Winningham (Brothers) and Michael Lerner (Elf), with Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Joe Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers) as the Seven Dwarfs.

Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) directs from a screenplay by Marc Klein (Serendipity) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) from a screen story by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill). The film's producers are Bernie Goldmann (300, Land of the Dead), Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter, Limitless), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise, 21). Director of photography is Brendan Galvin (Immortals, Behind Enemy Lines). Editors are Robert Duffy (Unstoppable, The Fall) and Nick Moore (Morning Glory, Leap Year). Production designer is Tom Foden (Immortals, The Cell). Costume designer is Oscar-winner Eiko Ishioka (Immortals, Dracula). Original music is by Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin).

Executive producers are Tucker Tooley (Immortals, Limitless), Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, The Interpreter), Jeff Waxman (Immortals, Law Abiding Citizen), Robbie Brenner (Limitless, The Fighter), Jamie Marshall (Warrior, Twilight), Tommy Turtle (Immortals, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Josh Pate (The Take, "Moonlight") and John Cheng (Horrible Bosses, Code Name: The Cleaner). Ajit Singh (The Fall) and Nico Soultanakis (Immortals, The Cell) are co-producers.

About the Production

An innocent young royal, a wicked stepmother, a charming prince and seven little men living in the woods--the elements of Tarsem Singh's latest epic may seem familiar, but audiences will be surprised and delighted by new twists the visionary director has brought to an age-old tale in Mirror Mirror.

According to producer Bernie Goldmann, who collaborated with producer Josh Pate and writer Melisa Wallack to develop the initial concept for Mirror Mirror, they were inspired by a photograph depicting a live model as the fairy-tale heroine. "What we set out to do was to make a live action version of the classic fairy tale, Snow White, that had the feel, the size and the scope of an animated movie. We realized that it's a great story that had never been explored narratively in a live-action movie."

In looking for a director to turn the concept into reality, Goldmann says Tarsem Singh was the obvious choice. "Tarsem was the perfect filmmaker to direct this film," says Goldmann. "He knows how to enhance a story with color and light and is very comfortable with the kind of scope we wanted for this movie. There's no one else like him."

For Singh, who was finishing up work on the action epic Immortals for Relativity Media, this project was a chance to tackle something he had never done before: a family-friendly movie that combines action, comedy and intrigue with his signature visual splendor. "This was one of the few projects I was interested in doing," says Singh. "It's a totally different energy from my other films and I was deeply interested in updating a classic and eternal story."

With Singh on board, the script began to take shape as a stunning big-screen spectacle leavened with humor and romance. Singh and Goldmann decided that the best way to start the search for a unique take on the classic tale was by returning to the original story. They discovered a wealth of options. "The story actually has existed for five or six hundred years throughout Europe, in many different countries and different versions," says Goldmann. "We were able to incorporate what we learned from our research into the concept for our movie."

Singh explains: "Going back and looking at the original story was a very important process. There are thousands of different variations that have developed since it was first written. These variations provided us with many inspired ideas that were later used in the film."

For example, in some of the early versions, the dwarfs earn their living as highway robbers. In the words of one of the film's characters, they "steal from the rich--and keep it." "We thought that was an interesting thing to go back to," says Goldmann. "It gives whole other side to their characters. They've been marginalized by society and this is their revenge.

"In some of the stories, we also discovered a beast of sorts that lived in the woods and we decided to bring that into our story," Goldmann continues. "Then we also expanded the role of the King and added a mystery surrounding him."

In addition to historical incarnations of the Snow White tale, Singh plumbed his own considerable imagination for inspiration. "I knew right away that the bulk of this narrative was going to center on the relationship between the Queen, Snow White and the Prince," he says.

Goldmann is confident the film will resonate with audiences of all ages and would like to see it take its place beside other big screen adaptations of classic tales. "Hopefully, this is a movie that will play for years as a perennial family favorite and redefine the story of Snow White."

About the Director

Tarsem Singh (Director) is known for his attention to detail, stunning art direction and highly developed visual storytelling abilities. He is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought-after directors within the worldwide advertising community. Singh's epic action film Immortals, starring Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Stephen Dorff, grossed more than $215 million worldwide.

Singh was educated at a Himalayan boarding school in Shimla, India. He came to the United States when he was 24 years old and graduated from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design.

The director's major breakthrough was in REM's music video "Losing My Religion," which won a Grammy Award® and eight MTV awards including Best Music Video. Over the years, Singh has garnered numerous other awards including two Press Grand Prix awards in Cannes as well as D&AD, DGA and BAFTA Britannia awards.

Singh's first feature film was The Cell, a beautiful, shocking and hallucinatory psychological thriller that starred Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn. In his second feature film, The Fall, Singh expanded his directorial role into that of producer and co-writer. Part heroic journey, part pure celebration of storytelling, The Fall shot in exotic locations spanning 25 countries and was hailed as one of the most original releases of 2006.

Currently, Singh splits his time between Los Angeles and London.