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Tarsem Singh talks casting of Lily Collins and costuming for SNOW WHITE

Earlier we reported that Lily Collins had been cast in the titular role of Snow White by director Tarsem Singh. MTV had the chance to speak with Singh and was able to find out his reasoning for picking Collins for the part. There has been a lot of focus on Collins' eyebrows, and Singh jokingly stated why he chose Lily Collins: “Her eyebrows. I just saw her eyebrows and I said, ‘That’s Snow White!’”

Singh is known for bringin visually stunning films to the screen. MTV was also able to find a bit out about his aesthetic plans for Snow White. It looks as though he'll be pushing the envelope even further than he did with The Fall.

“If you looked at Gaudi’s architecture, based in England, done like a turn-of-the-century Russian film, done by an Indian guy," he laughed. "It’s kind of, like, very monochromatic – everything is in snow, but the costumes are very colorful, and so it’s like, no color and a lot of color.” 

Here is what Singh had to say about the films costume design, particularly of his Evil Queen (Julia Roberts):

“Usually for me I never know how actors give you all the trust, because the stuff that I make people wear can not look ridiculous, it looks ridiculous. I end up pushing it so much that if you don’t trust that in the end you won’t be left completely hammy… it’s amazing to get her trust. She just said, ‘No – I want to make a movie with you and in your style.’ So, for me, we threw everything out there and we'll just see how much is palatable.”

Singh noted that he cast the film backwards, for very specific reasons.

“I kind of went the other way around, as opposed to… usually it’s Snow White, then the dwarves, then the prince, then the queen," he said. "But I had to turn it around the other way -- the queen first, then the prince, because the prince goes both ways in this film. He’s pulled towards the queen and he’s pulled towards Snow White, and then Snow White. So if Snow White is going to be very young, let’s say, the queen would have to be younger, too, or the prince would have to fall in between… so I went the other way.”

He went on to say how pleased he was about the casting: “The first queen that I wanted I got, the first prince that I wanted I got, and the first Snow White that I wanted I got!” The film is scheduled to come out in June 2012 and I am excited. Watch the video interview and share your thoughts below!

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