Julia Roberts
Confirmed as the Evil Queen Reuters

It is confirmed that Julia Roberts will finally be playing the role of the Evil Queen in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.

It was earlier reported that Julia Roberts was in negotiation with Relativity Media, owned by Ryan Kavanaugh, for the role.

Roberts will star in the movie to be directed by Tarsem Singh. Relativity Media has brought forward the release date to June 29, 2012 .

This means that they are ready to go in for a head-on clash with Universal which plans to release their Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White and the Huntsman, with Charlize Theron set to play the Evil Queen and Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen playing the title characters.

Usually, when two big studios are racing to cast and start production on the same film, the first to start production and shooting wins the race, but in this case it does not seem to predict anything. Although now Kavanaugh may start filming as soon as next month, even Universal plans to start shooting in the summer.

The Oscar-nominated The Fighter is also a Relativity Media product. Now with the casting coup of Roberts, Kavanaugh is moving into bigger league. He already has the Henry Cavill-starrer Immortals and another film Goliath in his bag. This may in future lead to his company going public in a big way.