Disney has responded to Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, who blasted the company’s remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, calling it "f****** backwards".
Dinklage, who is best known for playing Tyrion Lannister in the epic fantasy series and who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia himself, accused the studio of double standards by championing racial diversity, but failing to address damaging stereotypes.
Latina actress Rachel Zegler will play the princess in the live-action remake of the 1937 animated film, while Israeli star Gal Gadot will portray the Evil Queen.
Responding to the actor, Disney said it is "consulting with members of the dwarfism community" on the film, adding: "To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters.
"We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period."
Previously speaking on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Dinklage said: "There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on I’ve got to say.
"No offence to anything but I was a little taken aback by [the fact that] they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
"They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just, like, ‘what are you doing?’"
He urged the company to rethink the project.
"Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there," he said. "It makes no sense to me."
He continued: "You can be progressive in one way but you’re still making that f****** backwards story of the seven dwarves living in the cave.
"What the f*** are you doing, man. Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox?
"I guess I’m not loud enough.
"If you tell the story of Snow White with the most f***** up, progressive spin on it? Let’s do it. All in."
There has so far been no update on how the seven dwarves will be portrayed in the film, which is set for release in 2023.