With a release set for early next year, development on Tarsem Singh’s still-untitled Snow White project is moving rapidly forward. This morning, ComingSoon.net was treated to a brief presentation of early conceptual art at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas, courtesy of Relativity Media and the film’s licensing agency, Striker Entertainment.
Though no photos were allowed, we are pleased to report that fans of Singh’s distinctive visuals will not be disappointed. While many of the classic Snow White elements show through in the film’s design — particularly in the look of the forest — the artwork seems to draw from a wide range of inspiration, including a very Indian-looking palace and several masquerade designs reminiscent of Mardi Gras and old storybook illustrations.
Multiple costume parties are said to play a role in the film and promise to be extremely bright and colorful. Against them, the Prince (Armie Hammer) is seen in a coat and tales costume with (for the party) rabbit ears emerging from his top hat.
Snow White herself (Lilly Collins) is the biggest departure from the original story and will be portrayed as a bit of a fighter, allowing for multiple action sequences. Exiled from her kingdom, she’s actively trying to win back her rightful throne and combines a blue dress with black, leather armor.
Each of the film’s seven dwarfs features a distinctive look and seems to be nicknamed by their costume. “Cowboy” wears a cowboy hat, “Wolf” is draped in animal skin and another wears a crooked top hat.
The Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) takes the cake for costume changes. Her character had pages and pages of different elaborate dresses in various colors and shapes, including an impressive ice-inspired design.
Also starring Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba and Joey Gnoffo, Snow White is set for release on March 16, 2012.