The first trailer for Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman sequel The Huntsman Winter’s War takes audiences deeper into the story of the title character. In fact, make that characters since the follow-up film not only explores the origins of Chris Hemsworth’s ax-wielding warrior, but also the newly introduced Sara, as played by Jessica Chastain. Another new addition is Emily Blunt’s Freya the Ice Queen, the younger sister of the departed Queen Ravenna.
Speaking of Ravenna, some folks might be curious as to how Charlize Theron is returning for this sequel given the events of the first film. Well this trailer certainly goes a long way toward explaining that, but one might also complain that it gives too much of the story away. Universal doesn’t really seem to care at this point since the tone of the film – with its contemporary take on the fairy tale format, its use of pop music, and its rhyming narration – looks to take itself less seriously than the original while offering up plenty of CG action along the way. That being said, the cast alone is worth the price of admission.
Also starring Sam Claflin and Nick Frost, The Huntsman Winter’s War opens April 22, 2016.
Watch the first trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War below:
And here’s the movie’s official synopsis:
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.