Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege to Co-Star in Real-Life Child Prostitution Tale 'Snow White'

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Johanna Ter Steege

Director Jacco Groen has acquired an int'l cast for the dark film about the underbelly of child prostitution in Manila, which begins production in April.

While Kristen Stewart negotiates for a starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron for Universal's take on the fairy tale, a very different Snow White project is taking shape.

Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing) has joined the cast for Snow White, a look at the dark underbelly of child prostitution in the Philippine capital Manila, directed by Jacco Groen.

Ter Steege will play Gloria, an aid worker with Manila street-kid sex workers, alongside Philippine actress Sandy Talag -- best known for her roles in Philippine movies Bahay kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! and Seance -- who plays the title character.

The movie is set to shoot in April on location in Manila and is a co-production between Groen's Spring Films and U.K.-based production and finance banner Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME).

This Snow White is based on the real-life story of a child prostitute who, having reached the end of her possibilities, attempts suicide as a desperate way out of her terrible life. Her story reflects the lives of the more than one million other children working in the global commercial sex trade today.

F&ME chief Mike Downey said the movie is going ahead even though the financing on the $2 million budgeted picture isn't closed.

"This is one of those rare cases as a producer when you have to decide to go ahead with the shoot and plunge headlong in – in this case, because if we wait any longer, Sandy Talag, the young actress who plays Lilet, will have grown up and be no longer able to play the part," Downey said.

The movie is being touted by producers at the EFM in Berlin and has backing from the Dutch National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development and the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment along with Spring Film Foundation, Filmore and Wisenberg Fairtrade.