Stewart was always first choice for the lead, Sanders says.
“Obviously everyone knew about Kristen. She was someone we wanted to meet,” Sanders says, standing outside one of his 30 astounding sets.
“We started, as you do in these things, looking around. (The film’s producer) Joe (Roth) had just made Alice in Wonderland, where he had found a new actress (Mia Wasikowska) and we felt there was something very innocent and pure about finding someone with no other roles that you associate them with.But when we went to meet Kristen it was a very simple, done deal.Yes, you are the one.” …..
Rupert continued by discussing the project as a whole.
Sixty per cent was shot in real locations, including a deserted Welsh beach and some woodland in London’s Queen’s Park.
The sets, including the evil queen’s milk bath and a snow-covered woodland, are breathtakingly real.
“There’s quite a lot you’re nervous about when you start a project of this scale,” Sanders admits. “I wanted to create a world where this all felt tangible and it didn’t feel like fantasy but felt real.”
He adds that his mantra throughout the project was to make a film “that means something” and is true to the original, seven-page story. “People think Snow White is Disney,” Sanders says. “Disney really made the Grimm’s fairy tale very family orientated. But it is a very dark story about so many deeper issues that were never in the Disney version. It’s like a biblical tale almost, with a lot of messages and hidden meanings. It’s a story that is as resonant today as it was when it was first recorded.”