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Julia Roberts and Lily Collins walk the red carpet for the premiere of "Mirror Mirror."

posted 17 Mar 2012, 15:49 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 17 Mar 2012, 15:50 ]

Julia Roberts and Lily Collins hit the red carpet for the premiere of "Mirror Mirror," an updated re-telling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 17, 2012) (REUTERS) - Julia Roberts and Lily Collins walked the red carpet for the premiere of "Mirror, Mirror" on a rainy Saturday morning (March 17) in Hollywood.

Directed by Indian Tarsem Singh, "Mirror Mirror" revamps the classic Brothers Grimm tale of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and stars Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil queen.

Lily Collins, daughter of English musician Phil Collins, who plays Snow White, shared her enjoyment of filming the movie.

"It was a created world every day that I just couldn't believe that I was in. I mean Tarsem made a snow globe of magic every day and we had the sets there and the props and everything. And the costumes were huge and they made you feel like you were truly part of that world. It was like being in a dream every day," said Collins.

In this version of the story, the evil queen schemes for control of the kingdom after her husband, Snow White's father, dies. Sean Bean plays the king and says being a part of the film was a nice change of pace for the British actor known for playing dark and angst-ridden villains.

"It's great for me because I'm usually in roles in quite heavy stuff so going on this show and on the set is so funny. And the director Tarsem Singh was so lighthearted about things and it became infectious and it was lovely. It was a lovely film to do, a film to make so full of fun and laughter so it was very refreshing for me. As I've said before, I've played very heavy duty roles before so it was a welcome relief for me," said Bean.

As the story continues, Snow White is banished to the forest after her beauty wins the heart of the prince that the evil queen wishes to marry. In the forest a man-eating beast awaits Snow White but she is rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers. The seven dwarfs inspire her to grow strong and become determined to take back her kingdom.

"We didn't want to do a caricature of an animated princess. We really wanted to make her a real girl that girls could relate to today and to make her some sort of a fighter physically and emotionally because in today's world the girl saves the boy as much as the boy saves the girl and I think it takes a strong man to accept help from a woman but I think it also says a lot about today's world where girls have to do anything as well," said Collins.

Julia Roberts and the film's director Tarsem Singh appeared put-off on the red carpet when reporters asked about comparisons to another upcoming film, "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. That version is a darker, less family- friendly version than the lighter PG-rated "Mirror Mirror". Further, Roberts stopped talking to reporters shortly after U.S. entertainment program, "Entertainment Tonight" asked her about George Clooney's recent arrest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC.

Armie Hammer, who plays Prince Andrew Alcott, was set to appear on the red carpet but could not attend the premiere because he is currently filming "The Lone Ranger" alongside Johnny Depp. "Mirror Mirror" is set to hit theaters in the United States on March 30th.