Disney responded to criticism made by Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage on Tuesday, after the star slammed the company’s plans for a live-action version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

While discussing his new film Cyrano on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Peter Dinklage offhandedly commented on other recent theater releases, such as West Side Story. Breakout star Rachel Zegler, who plays Maria Vasquez, was cast as Snow White in the upcoming Disney remake.

Criticizing the industry, he said that the live-action remake would be “f**king backward” for the dwarfism community, especially compared to positive steps such as casting a Latina actress as Snow White or a Black actress in Little Mermaid.

Responding to his criticism, Disney attempted to squash fears by promising a “new approach” to the remake.

“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” a spokesman for Disney told The Hollywood Reporter.

Without sharing any more information into the new thought process for the dwarf characters, the Disney spokesman stated that the company looked “forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

Releasing the statement through The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has not revealed if they have spoken to Peter Dinklage or expressed any interest in his support on the project.

Rachel Zegler, 'West Side Story' star cast as Snow White in the upcoming live-action remake
Rachel Zegler, ‘West Side Story’ star cast as Snow White in the upcoming live-action remake. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The entertainment news outlet also reported that the film will have various cultural consultants, which were also present on films such as Aladdin and Mulan. Despite their availability, however, both films were heavily criticized for their lack of cultural awareness.

In 2018, it was reported that many white extras on the set of Aladdin were told to apply brown makeup to their faces to “blend in,” which caused fan outcry.

2020’s Mulan also faced many allegations of cultural controversy, when they filmed in a region of China where human rights abuses were taking place, as well as a lack of diversity among the production crew. New Zealand director Niki Caro was also hired for Mulan, who received criticism for telling a Chinese story.

“I resist the idea that you tell somebody who can tell what story,” she said at the time. “That sounds a little bit like censorship to me.”

Alongside Zegler, the live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake will also feature Tony Award winner Andrew Burnap, with Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot starring as the Evil Queen. The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marc Webb is set to direct, though the film has been in development for over three years.

“Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White — but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?” Peter Dinklage said on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

“Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me,” he continued. “You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that f***ing backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together? What the f**k are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

Peter Dinklage, one of the most prominent actors with dwarfism, was also not asked to be involved with the new live-action Snow White film. A release date has yet to be announced, but production is scheduled to start sometime later this year.