While Tarsem Singh’s Immortals is pounding and slashing in theaters now, the design-focused director’s next movie has a brand-new trailer, just released this week: Mirror Mirror, one of two timely takes on the Snow White story — the other being Snow White and the Huntsman, appearing in US theaters roughly 2 1/2 months later. Singh, who grabbed worldwide attention in 2000 with The Cell (back then, he was just “Tarsem,” like “Cher”), is all about the art of the visual, his first three movies being a celebration of film design, distinctive environments, enormous landscapes. Eleven years ago, his worlds within The Cell were arresting, even bizarre. Now, with the immense proliferation of CGI, well, everybody’s doing it. Mirror Mirror looks like Singh takes cues from Tim Burton, Baz Luhrmann, and a touch of Pixar. Here’s the Mirror Mirror trailer.
As you can tell, Mirror Mirror offers Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen as the main focus, with The Blind Side‘s Lily Collins as Ms. White. (Over at the Huntsman, Bella… I mean, Kristen Stewart, plays Snow.)
Mirror Mirror appears in US theaters March 16, 2012.