After a monstrous year at the box office for Universal Pictures, they’re already starting to gear up the marketing campaign for what they hope is one of 2016’s biggest hits. The 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman managed to pull in nearly $400 million in its worldwide ticket take, but Universal has higher hopes for its spin-off, The Huntsman Winter’s War. You’ll notice that the new film now has the title tag of “Winter’s War” and features the returning actors Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth as both Queen Ravenna and The Huntsman respectively. They’re featured alongside newcomers Jessica Chastain as Sara the Warrior, and Emily Blunt as Freya the Ice Queen in new character posters.
Nick Frost also stars in director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s action-adventure film that explores the origins of The Huntsman … makes that Huntspeople … as warriors under the employ of Freya, who just so happens to be Ravenna’s sister. When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she enacts a plan to not only exact revenge on those responsible, but also to restore Ravenna to power. You can get your first look at the characters of The Huntsmen Winter’s War below – and be sure to come back on Wednesday for the film’s first trailer – though you’ll have to wait until April 22, 2016 to see the film in theaters. [Update: You can get a taste of what’s in store by scoping out this teaser trailer here, plus new posters!]
Here’s the first look at Chastain’s character courtesy of Chastain herself:
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 16, 2015
Plus the first look at Theron in her returning role of Ravenna:
Here’s a collection of character posters via Universal’s Twitter account for The Huntsman:
— #TheHuntsman (@TheHuntsman) November 16, 2015
And here’s a look at the images in high-definition:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Huntsman: Winter’s War:
The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.