In an interview with EW, producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great and Powerful) explained that Snow White and the Huntsman is actually the first in a planned trilogy of films and revealed how exactly this re-imagining of the classic fairytale will be similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and differs from the Julia Roberts Snow White film:
“We retain the basic story in the same way we retain the basic story of Alice, a young girl meant to be the queen who is cast out. The Huntsman is a mercenary, in the sense that he’s a guy who is very able in the woods, more able than most anyone. His job is to capture runaway girls, who are all fleeing the kingdom because of the queen. He’s a nondescript bounty hunter, as we first meet him. He’s not a nice guy, but not only that he’s someone who has lost hope and lost faith. He has lost his wife, given up on everything.”
“She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods.”
Snow White and the Huntsman begins shooting this coming August and is slated to hit theaters on June 1st, 2012. (Source)
Two new actors are joining the Snow White and the Huntsman cast – they are Lily Cole and Sam Spruell. They have been now cast in Universal’s picture, which recently saw the addition of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actor, Ian McShane.
Cole will play a character known simply as “Greta” while Spruell won the role of “Finn,” the Queen’s hitman of sorts. Snow White and the Huntsman will make its theatrical debut on June 1, 2012. (Source)
Recently we saw Ian McShane play the villainous pirate Captain Black Beard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but now the actor has signed on to play the head dwarf in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
McShane will play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs. He has joined Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin and Chris Hemsworth, which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012.
The project, being directed by Rupert Sanders, is a revisionist take on the fairy tale and features Snow White as a princess who escapes her evil stepmother with the help of a huntsman who was to have killed her but now trains the princess to survive and fight back. (Source)
Deadline.com has reported that Snow White and the Huntsman has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of the script.
Bracing for its race against Relativity Media on rival Snow White films, Universal Pictures has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of Snow White and the Huntsman, the Rupert Sanders-directed film that stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the most recent draft.
Snow White and the Huntsman will hit theatres June 1, 2012. (Source)
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Universal Pictures has decided shift the release date of Snow White and the Huntsman to June 1st, 2012, beating Relativity’s Snow White film in the race to theaters by almost a month, though the studio made no mention of the Snow White competition when speaking of the date shift.
Their report states:
“Universal’s Sunday announcement made no mention of the competing movie. The studio only said “adjustments to the production timeline” had facilitated the move.
“As Rupert and Joe were finalizing casting and preproduction of Snow White and the Huntsman, we realized that the ambitious and fully-formed world they had promised was blowing away all expectations,” said Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley jointly in the announcement. “We’re thrilled that Universal will be bringing this singular version of a timeless story almost seven months earlier than anticipated.”
Snow White and the Huntsman is slated to hit theaters on June 1st, 2012. (Source)
Universal have finally locked down their fourth and final main character for next year’s Snow White and the Huntsman! Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who won us over in Star Trek and headlines Thor, this past week’s number one movie in America, has officially signed on as Kristen Stewart’s Huntsman in Universal’s take on the Snow White classic.
In this adapatation of the Grimm’s Brother tale, Snow White is no damsel in distress. On the run with the Huntsman, Snow White insists that she be taught self defense in order to protect herself without needing a man.
The news that Hemsworth is to take the titular role is a departure from the previous, and more established, names whom Universal had been eyeing – Viggo Mortensen and fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman.
But it’s good news for Universal who at last have their four main characters after up and comer Sam Claflin signed on to play Prince Charmant earlier this month with Charlize Theron attached since the beginning to play the evil step-mother.
Relativity’s own adaptation of the same classic tale The Brothers Grimm: Snow White has been cast for some time now (Lily Collins is to take the role of Snow White here, with Armie Hammer as her Prince and Julia Roberts as the evil step-mother) so we’re excited for these two to finally start filming. (Source)
Chris Hemsworth is quite the “It” boy these days. The Thor star has officially been offered the role of the huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman, co-starring Kristen Stewart as the female lead, EW.com reports.
The huntsman role had once been attached to both Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman, but it seems that after the $66 million opening week “Thor” enjoyed, Hemsworth has landed as a frontrunner. Reports that Hemsworth was being eyed for the part surfaced earlier this month. Now the Australian actor signing on for the project seems to be hinged on whether or not shooting for The Avengers will get in the way.
Based on the legendary fairy tale, Snow White and the Hunstman follows the titular princess after the evil queen Ravenna calls for her death, centering on the huntsman who disobeys orders and allows the fair maiden to live. The updated story will break from convention by having the huntsman mentor and train Snow White to fight off Ravenna herself. Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Hunstman is scheduled for release on December 21, 2012.
While Hemsworth’s participation hasn’t been inked just yet, Stewart has found her Prince Charming in British actor Sam Claflin, who will soon be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
“I’m very excited,” he recently told MTV News. “I’m a big fan of her work. I’m truly sort of flabbergasted — that’s a good word, I love that. I’m just looking forward to getting my teeth into something new as well,” Claflin continued. “I’ve never had so much fun [as I did] doing [‘Pirates’] … Being able to get my teeth into something new is something I’m really looking forward to.”
According to reports, Thor star Chris Hemsworth has emerged as a front runner to star in Snow White and the Huntsman, the Universal fairy tale that also Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. Rupert Sanders is directing.
Hemsworth’s stock is up as Thor continues to clean up overseas in anticipation of Friday’s domestic opening for the Kenneth Branagh-directed Marvel film. It isn’t clear yet whether Hemsworth will take that role. (Source)