THE HUNTSMAN Sequel: More Villains, Less Dwarves, No Snow White

     January 28, 2015

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The true title for Universal’s upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman sequel should be, “The Huntsman and …?”

In fact, Chris Hemsworth may be the only legacy from the first film.  Both star Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders bowed out last year, with Frank Darabont also exiting over creative differences.  (The film’s new director is Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, known as a “VFX wiz.”  Maybe he can create some actors).  According to Deadline, though, Charlize Theron‘s evil queen Ravenna will return.

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As for the dwarves, has the passing of Hobbit fever made them less important to the average moviegoer, as far as Universal is concerned?  Who knows, but they’re getting cut.  Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Eddie Marsan will not be returning for The Huntsman.  While Marsan has a scheduling conflict with his role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, the other two actors reportedly could not agree on terms for a reprisal of their roles.

Because there don’t seem to be enough people still in the movie, Universal is also talking to Emily Blunt about playing a second villain, because why not?

It’s interesting that Universal is so doggedly pursuing this sequel, especially after Snow White and the Huntsman turned out to be more of a tabloid hit than a box office one (as Stewart and Sanders were allegedly having an affair at the time).  And while Chris Hemsworth is the sexiest man alive, is that enough to rescue this beleaguered project?

We’ll find out April 22, 2016, when the film is slated for release.

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