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Although the 20-year-old’s appearance in the Steven Spielberg retelling of West Side Story is not slated for release until December, she’s already making waves.

Marc Webb will reportedly direct the new live-action. “Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts,” Webb said in a statement. “Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic fairytale.”

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According to Deadline, the original 1938 Disney flick, which was based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, will expand upon the story and music from what was the company’s first ever animated feature film.

Marc Platt will reportedly be producing. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are renowned for their work on The Greatest Showman and La La Land, have been recruited to pen new songs. Although the project has been in development since 2016, Deadline reported that the studio took its time to make sure the music is right. The early returns from Pasek and Paul are said to have been well-received.

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“well… hello to a dream come true. 🍎✨,” Zegler gushed on Instagram.

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Fans and friends took to the comments to congratulate the new Disney princess.

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“Ahhhhhhhhh congratulations this is SOOOOOOOO exciting 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌,” Les Misérables star Samantha Barks commented.

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“Amazing. If they’re looking for a Sleepy, I know someone. It’s me. I’m sleepy. All the time,” Ross Butler joked.

On Twitter, Zegler reshared a photo of her dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid in 2017 where she wrote “i wanna be a real disney princess” at the time. “hahahahhahahahaha,” the brunette-beauty added.

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“I HAVE MANIFESTED MY ENTIRE LIFE I THINK I THINK,” she gushed in another tweet.

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“homegirl we have LOTS to catch up on,” she captioned a clip of her meeting a Snow White character.

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Production is reportedly slated to begin in 2022.

In the meantime, fans also have the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as Ariel to look forward to. As well as a Pinocchio remake with Tom Hanks, and remakes of Lilo and Stitch and a Lion King prequel.



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