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Two cinematic reimaginings of Snow White are currently in the works, but lest you think both are going to turn out more or less the same, simply listen to how director Tarsem Singh conceives of his film’s look.
“It’s actually like if you looked at Gaudi’s architecture, based in England, done like a turn-of-the-century Russian film by an Indian guy,” he told MTV News.
Right. We’re guessing that the competing Snow White tale — from Rupert Sanders, making his directorial debut after a string of hyper-stylized TV commercials — isn’t going to encroach on Tarsem’s territory, and that’s just the way he wants it.
“There’s a brown guy telling you a Snow White tale to white people. Just by definition, when you put different ingredients, you get a different stew,” he said.
His yet-untitled film stars Julia Roberts as the evil queen, Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the handsome prince and, after being cast earlier this month, Lily Collins (“The Blind Side”) as Snow White herself. Why Collins, a relative unknown whose profile is on the rise after being cast in the adaptation of the “Mortal Instruments” young adult book series?
“Her eyebrows,” Tarsem joked. “I just saw her eyebrows and I said, ‘That’s Snow White.’ ”
‘He’s got to have wit but also be very vulnerable,’ she tells MTV News.
Although “The Mortal Instruments” movie has found its Clary Fray, via actress Lily Collins, there are still a few big roles to be cast — mainly one Jace Wayland, Clary’s is-he-or-isn’t-he love interest.
We’ve had some fun speculating about rumored contenders and fan favorites, but when MTV News sat down with Lily Collins at WonderCon recently, we asked her to comment on the heated casting competition — specifically, what they’re looking for in their future Jace. (Head to our Hollywood Crush blog for everything we’ve got on Cassandra Clare’s fourth “Mortal Instruments” book, “City of Fallen Angels,” which hits stores Tuesday.)
“Jace is confident and knows he’s confident,” Collins explained. “He’s good-looking and knows he’s good-looking. He’s got that je ne sais quoi, in that he walks into a room and you go, ‘Wow.’ He knows he’s the best thing in the room. He’s got to have wit but also be very vulnerable, and I think it’s hard. I think a lot of actors don’t necessarily want to show vulnerability, but [for] this character, it’s completely necessary but, at the same time, that overconfidence as well. I think it’s going to be that thing where they walk into a room and you do a reading and go, ‘Wow, I really can’t see anyone else as this character,’ so it’s going to be an interesting process.”
The daughter of pop singer Phil Collins has been making a name for herself in Hollywood. Lily Collins will play Lucy in Screen Gems May 13th 3D post-apocalyptic comic book movie, Priest, alongside Paul Bettany (Legion) and Maggie Q (“Nikita”). The actress, who’s best known for her performance as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, will step into the coveted role of Snow White in Relativity Media’s June 2012 summer release. Collins, who was at WonderCon 2011, talks about Priest, comic books, 3D movies, and video games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon in this exclusive video interview.
Priest is an action thriller set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.
Collins will team up with Julia Roberts, who will play the wicked queen plotting to kill Snow White in the new movie. The film will be directed by Tarsem Singh, who was also at WonderCon 2011 showing his new 3D movie, Immortals, starring Superman Henry Cavill.
“Snow White was my favorite fairytale [growing up], and when I first read about the project, I was like, ‘I have to get in on this,’” Collins told People Magazine.
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I really lucked out with this one. I asked for a 1:1 with Lily Collins for Priest just because I thought the pretty girl from the action movie would be cool. The day before the interview, she gets the part of Snow White in Tarsem Singh’s next movie.
Lucy (Collins) is the target of Priest’s (Paul Bettany) quest in the movie. She’s kidnapped and he goes back on duty to find her. In the footage screened for WonderCon, she hangs from a speeding train.
Q: What an exciting day you must’ve had yesterday, seeing the Priest footage and landing the Snow White role.
Lily Collins: Yeah, first time in 3D, saw it yesterday, that was shocking. Put those glasses on and I thought that was incredible. I didn’t know what the 3D was going to turn into and it was just so amazing and exciting. Yes, and then found out that I was cast as Snow White so it’s quite the big day.
Q: And it was April 1st, but it’s all true, right?
LC: I know, actually that’s the first thing I said when my team called me and told me. I said, “If this is an April Fools joke, I don’t know what I’ll start to do.” Because I was so excited. I had literally read the day before and met the director the day before and then was cast yesterday, so it was less than 24 hours.
‘If they don’t necessarily see you in the part, that can be an issue,’ actress tells MTV News of book series’ loyal readers.
Among the movie-obsessed here at MTV News, there is always a lot of talk about highly anticipated upcoming films. Naturally, the summer blockbusters garner their fair share of enthusiasm, but recently, a lot of talk has turned toward the much-buzzed-about book-to-screen adaptations of young adult novels such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Mortal Instruments.”
Speaking to director Scott Stewart’s adaptation of “Mortal Instruments,” MTV News recently caught up with lucky actress Lily Collins, who will portray fan-favorite protagonist Clarissa “Clary” Fray, about what makes the film and book series so special.
“It’s an amazing series of books,” Collins gushed to MTV News at WonderCon. “Cassandra Clare’s books are incredible. I’m a huge fan myself, so to be able to play the heroine I love is incredible. It’s a story based on a young woman, an empowered young woman [who is] confident and determined, and she ends up surprising everyone with her abilities,” Collins explained. “I think it’s incredible for the story to be about a young girl and not one that is just a girl in the story. It really is her story.”
Exclusive: Lily Collins talks Priest, Abduction, The Mortal Intruments and The Brothers Grimm: Snow White at WonderCon. I have added a video interview and a written one to this post, enjoy!
Lily Collins has won the actors lottery. I say this because after starring as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, Collins jumped into filming director Scott Stewarts Priest alongside Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban, and Maggie Q. A short time after that, she starred alongside Taylor Lautner in director John Singleton’s Abduction, which gets released this September. While that would be great for almost any actor, in the past two weeks she’s been named the frontrunner to play Stormy Llewellyn in director Stephen Sommers Odd Thomas, and she landed her biggest role to date: Snow White in director Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Needless to say, Collins is about to lose her anonymity.
At this past weekend’s WonderCon, I got to sit down with Collins for an extended video interview. We talked about attending her first convention, how she got into acting, her character in Priest, filming Abduction and what it was like to work with Lautner and all his Twilight fans, what’s up with Mortal Instruments (talks about how she is tweeting as her character and the movie is filming in 3D), and we end the interview talking about getting cast as Snow White and what can people expect. She reveals they start filming in June and she will be training for “quite a bit of fighting.” Hit the jump to read or watch the interview.
Here’s the time index. Further down is what she said about Abduction, Mortal Instruments and The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. At the bottom of the page is the video interview.
• Collins was busy shooting Abduction in Pittsburgh while Comic Con was going on, so this is her first convention. If she could walk the convention floor, she would
• 1:10 – She comes from a creative family (her father is Phil Collins), and she has acted since she was 2 years old.
• 2:10 – Talks about her Priest character Lucy, who is not in the graphic novel.
• 3:25 – She visited the Starbucks near the Sony lot in costume as
• 4:00 – Talks about filming Abduction with John Singleton, Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs
• 5:25 – Admires Lautner’s dedication to his many fans.
• 6:20 – Collins is a fan of the Mortal Instruments books, so she is very aware of the fan response to her casting.
• 7:05 – Stewart has talked to her about his vision for Mortal Instruments and filming in 3D.
• 7:40 – She is tweeting in character (@LilyAsClaryFray), and there is a Facebook page set up for her to interact with fans.
• 8:30 – She just found out about being cast as Snow White. It’s a “dream come true.”
• 9:15 – Collins discusses the fairy tale trend in movies. They are “Tarsem-ing” Snow White.
• 10:20 – They start filming Snow White this June in Montreal. She will be training for “quite a bit of fighting” that she’ll do in the movie.
Collider: Talk a little about making that film and working with John [Singleton] and Taylor [Lautner] and the experience.
Collins: I just finished shooting three months in Pittsburgh for Abduction. And again, completely different genre — action thriller, very Bourne Ultimatum-esque. Working with John Singleton, who is an incredible director, so enthusiastic and engergetic. Action phenomenon. Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs — Oscar-nominated actors! To be surrounded by them, to learn from them was amazing. That was working almost everyday, high action, high energy. I was so excited when I heard they had shown the trailer and people loved it. I’m very excited about it.
On Friday, April 1, Relativity Media announced that Lily Collins, co-star of the upcoming movie “Priest,” was cast as the title character in Tarsem’s adaptation of “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.” Speakeasy sat down for an exclusive interview with Collins, where she revealed how she was cast as Snow White, and how the film will revamp the fairy tale to give it a more modern twist.
Speakeasy: What was the casting process for “Snow White,” and how much time have you spent with the director, Tarsem?
The audition process was less than 24 hours for me. I was cast yesterday, but the day before, I read at like three o’clock in the afternoon, and then met Tarsem that night and yesterday was cast. So it’s been the quickest, most incredible casting process ever. So I know he’s here, and I’m excited to get into the details of it knowing that I am the character. I’m so excited!
When you go in to an audition, do you have the character completely defined, or do you give them ideas and then fully develop her on set?
I always go into an audition fully prepared to give my perspective on it first, and then I love to play around; I’m one of the rare people that loves the audition process, because I love working with people that are going to create the film. So if I go in and do something and they respond to it or they don’t, I want to play around with the feedback they have, and then change it up quickly, or whatever it is. And then I know that on the day or if you get cast, it’s going to be a creative process all over again. So it’s just a meeting of the minds.
The 21-year-old actress Lily Collins (yep, her father is Phil Collins) made her big-screen debut in “The Blind Side” as Sandra Bullock’s daughter. On May 13 you can see her in the sci-fi thriller “Priest,” opposite Stephen Moyer, Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet. When she’s not on set, she spends her free time traveling the globe with her mother, Jill Tavelman Collins. For her, it’s a great way to sharpen her acting chops: “Going all around the world is the best way to pick up traits,” she says. “It’s a kind of crazy people-watching.”
Q. Let’s talk about your next project, the mystery-thriller “Mortal Instruments.” You’re back with the director Scott Charles Stewart, whom you worked with on “Priest.”
A.“Mortal Instruments” is so different than other things that I’ve done, and I’m a huge fan of the novelist Cassandra Clare’s books, I’ve read all of them. It’s very different to be able to read the books, and put myself in Clary Fray’s shoes. It’s very strange to be reading it and go, ‘Wow, I’m going to get to do that, and that’s going to be me.’ It’s a great mix of dark, gritty, kind of gothic, as well as, you know, the sunny teenage years.
Where are you filming?
It is one of the very rare occasions that we’ll be shooting in L.A., which for me is home. My mom is in L.A., she and I are very, very, very close.
You left England for L.A. at a very young age. Do you miss it?
I do, I love England. I moved to L.A. before I turned 6, and I try to go back for Christmas and in the summer. I grew up in the countryside out there, which is very different than city life in L.A., and when I go back I start to pick up my accent again a little bit. I sound very American and very L.A., but I am very, very British.
And you have a very European look, but you have those California locks, too.
I definitely have the pale skin. For “Priest,” it’s funny, because I actually dyed my hair red and that is the hardest color to maintain. I was completely red and pale, and people were like, “Are you Irish?”
You travel a lot?
Yes, actually. My mom and I, that’s kind of our favorite thing to do. It was obviously very different when I was in school and had a school schedule — you had spring break and you had Christmas break — and now it’s different ’cause it’s more, “When am I not working?” I would study something in school, and she would say, “Oh, you’re studying African civilization. Do you want to go to Africa for spring break?” And so we would. We went on an African safari, went to Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, just to experience all the different cultures and really immerse ourselves in it. Traveling is really great people-watching. The best way to pick up traits and analyze what someone other than yourself would do in a situation is by watching other people. So being able to travel all around the world and see that is — I feel very fortunate that I can participate in that kind of crazy people-watching.
Source: NY Times Blog