October 17, 2011 12:00 PM

>Julia Plays the Evil Queen!

When it came to casting the vain villainess in his adaptation of Snow White, director Tarsem Singh opted for an unexpected star: Julia Roberts. “I didn’t want to go for a conniving queen,” he says. “I wanted to go with somebody who you could really relate with.” Due out March 16, the film, which is still untitled (a title in consideration is Snow), follows Snow White (Lily Collins) as she fights to reclaim the kingdom the Queen has destroyed. “The ultimate goal is power, not just beauty,” says Singh. Another movie based on the fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron and will open next June. Singh isn’t worried: “The first one gets a clean bite at the proverbial apple.”

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