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It’s been one of our most anticipated films of the year since news first broke, but “Snow White and the Huntsman”‘s latest trailer just pushed it higher up the must-see list.
Starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as the titular characters, SWATH takes the story away from Disney’s telling and back into Grimms Brother land. Charlize Theron‘s Queen continues to dominate the story, as per the first trailer that was released late in 2011, but the latest unveiling from Universal reveals more of the plot and promises a much darker tale than the soon-to-be-released “Mirror Mirror”. We also finally get to hear Stewart’s English-accent (we’re impressed), and there’s a first glimpse at the seven dwarves.
Still missing however, is Sam Claflin’s Prince William, and we’re wondering if this film will take us away from a traditional princess/prince pairing, and allow the audience to root for an nontraditional relationship.
We also have five minutes of footage that was shown at WonderCon this past weekend, where the cast sat down with director Rupert Sanders. Check out the trailer, behind the scenes footage and official synopsis below, and head over to the offical Snow White and the Huntmsn website for download and images.
A couple of relative unknowns are gearingup to take over for Gerard Butler in leading a group of oiled-up, nearly naked men into battle. Deadline reports young British actor Jamie Blackely has landed the co-lead in the “300″ sequel opposite fellow rising star Sullivan Stapleton, who landed the other lead role of Themosticles – that had been initially offered to Joel Edgerton – last week.
In the Noam Murro-directed follow-up to Zack Snyder’s 2007 hyper-realistic ancient Greek epic, Eva Green is Artemisia, and Blackley will be Calisto, a teenager who idolized his heroic father and leads him to stepping up into a leadership role among the new group of soldiers. The film had been working under the title “300: Battle of Artemisia” but it’s unclear if that’s still the case. Also unclear is whether “300″ original cast member Rodrigo Santoro will reprise his role of Xerxes here as well.
Stapleton co-starred with Edgerton in 2010′s “Animal Kingdom”, a movie that’s proven to be quite a starmaker, having also outsourced Oscar nominee Jackie Weaver and young up and comer James Frecheville. He’ll be seen later this year opposite Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie in “Gangster Squad.” Blackley has appeared on hit teen British series “Misfits” and starred opposite Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley in “London Boulevard.” He also has a (seemingly) small role in this summer’s fairy tale rewrite “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
We’ve had plenty of looks at Snow White, the Huntsman, and the Evil Queen, but up until now, the fourth pivotal character in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”, the handsome and charming Prince who wakes Kristen Stewart from her slumber with a kiss, had been conspicuously missing. Well, hide no further, Sam Claflin. Pop Sugar has the first images of the British actor in costume and on the snowy forest set of the Rupert Sanders fairy tale epic and he looks every bit as gritty and ready for battle as his co-stars in our past glimpses of the production.
Unfortunately, they’ve apparently named him Prince William. Yes. Like that Prince William. That hokey misstep aside, Claflin looks great, albeit perhaps a bit shrimpy next to Chris Hemsworth’s rugged Huntsman, but hey, who doesn’t? After that disastrous first trailer for Relativity’s rival Snow White picture “Mirror Mirror”, our expectations now fully rest on the visually stunning (and much tamer) “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and can only hope that it lives up to expectations when it’s released on June 1, 2012. So far so good.
Check out the first pictures of Claflin below and Pop Sugar for more from the set.
Earlier today U&C reported that Kristen Stewart had been offered the lead role in “Akira,” an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga. Deadline has just confirmed that Stewart is indeed now in talks for the part. If a deal is closed, this role will reunite Stewart with her “On The Road” co-star Hedlund in which Stewart will play Kei, the love interest of protagonist Keneda (Hedlund).
Stewart is, of course, no stranger to adaptations. The first installment of “Breaking Dawn“, the almost-final movie in the Twilight Saga opens in theatres this Friday, while the full length trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman” premiered just last week. Although the Twilight Saga comes to an end next year, with “Snow White” and the possibility of “Akira” becoming a franchise, Stewart may not be finished with blockbuster titles just yet.
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the Warner Bros’ film which is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic 6-novel series.
The first trailer for “Mirror Mirror” has arrived, and… oy. The combined puppy dog charms of Lily Collins and Armie Hammer aren’t enough to overcome an especially grating Julia Roberts, disappointingly limp costumes and sets and dialogue full of puns so terrible I can’t even make a pun here to clever this sentence up. We were rooting for your Snow White movie, Tarsem Singh (even, at times, over that other one), but why are you making it so hard?
Looks like Tarsem and Co. were aiming for family-friendly comedy adventure and overshot it by about a mile. A beautiful and charming Collins seems well cast, as does the dashing Hammer, except for when he’s made to act ridiculous (which is, unfortunately, more often than not) and the two do provide some moments of genuine likeability, but they are way too easily overrun by Roberts’ Evil Queen, who’s looking like the least funny funny character that’s come along in a great while. Upside? While a certain other Snow White is looking to be greatly overshadowed by her Evil Queen, Collins should have no problem coming off as the bright spot and highlight here.
“Mirror Mirror” opens on March 16, 2012, three months before “Snow White and the Huntsman.” So, you know, it has that going for it.
Warner Bros continues to dream big and reach out to strictly A-list talent to round out the ensemble cast of its risky, bid budget remake of Japanese manga “Akira”, with offers out to the likes of Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter still pending. Thus far the only actor to officially sign on is Garrett Hedlund, who will star as Kaneda in the futuristic actioner, and while previous reports indicated Keira Knightley had been offered an unspecified female role, Twitch now reports it’s “Twilight” series star Kristen Stewart who has the offer for the female lead. Presumably this means Knightley has passed on the role. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into the next “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
Stewart, who just recently worked with Hedlund on the equally controversial, long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road”, has been offered the role of Kei, a young medium and love interest to Hedlund’s Kaneda. Kaneda’s story mainly revolves around an attempt to save his little brother Tetsuo from becoming a government science experiment and weapon after the younger man begins developing telekinetic abilities. Ezra Miller and Alden Ehrenreich are among the actors being eyed for the role of Tetsuo. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct.
The “Twilight” films, the second to last installment of which – “Breaking Dawn” – opens this Friday, made an international superstar out of former indie actress Stewart, who now seems to be more keen on big budget blockbusters, currently filming next summer’s fantasy epic “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Could “Akira” be next?
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Following the new poster of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Universal has released a full length trailer of their adaptation of the classic tale, as well as an additional poster featuring an armored Kristen Stewart in the title role of Snow White. The new poster mirrors the earlier promo shot of Stewart released the past summer, but she’s now accompanied by her seven (soldier) dwarfs. In the almost two minute glimpse into the film, we’re finally treated to real-life action that mixes magical warfare and intrigue. Judging by the trailer, the film looks like it’ll include mostly all of the traditional elements of the tale, give or take. Incorporated into trailer is the classic “Mirror Mirror” line, which coincidentally was recently announced as the official title of Tarsem Singh’s Snow White film that’s also due for release next year.
The Queen as depicted by Charlize Theron dominates the trailer and although the character has always been known as a cruel and jealous dictator, here she’s shown as way more malicious and domineering in her quest to be “the fairest of them all. The film’s two title characters also make appearances, but really nothing beyond quick flashes of wielding weapons and riding horses. Stewart’s Snow White, who has no speaking lines in the trailer, doesn’t appear to do much else besides fleeing or gazing around at the pretty and/or scary sights. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth is looking very Thor-like as the huntsman. Sam Claflin as the Prince also makes a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance. Although the poster this past week hinted at a bit more of a fantastical element to the story, the trailer indicates that perhaps the story truly is as dark and brooding as that forest Snow White hangs out in.
Medieval playground or enchanted battlefield, we’re not entirely sure yet. The trailer and the posters all proudly state that the film comes from the producer of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, so perhaps Universal is hoping to target that same audience. We’ll find out next summer when the film hits theatres!
A new poster for Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” made its debut yesterday and it’s given us a little more of a hint of what we can expect of this rendition of the classic fairy tale. The poster features Kristen Stewart centrally posed as an armed Snow White amidst an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque garden. Joining Stewart are Chris Hemsworth with his signature axe and Charlize Theron as the cold-hearted Queen. Judging from the character promo shots that premiered at SDCC and the somewhat recent set photos, the film appeared to differentiate itself from the other two competing films of the same tale by thrusting its heroine in a medieval warzone. While that still might be the case here, we can’t help but marvel at the unexpected fantastical style showcased in the poster.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” also stars Sam Claflin as Prince Charmant who is absent from the poster. The film is set to hit theatres June 1, 2012.
Yesterday we posted the first images of Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew in Tarsem Singh’s super colorful and outlandish still untitled “Snow White” film and today a plethora of new images have been released, courtesy of EW, People and Yahoo! Movies. The costumes get bigger and more colorful and Lily Collins, it must be said, looks like a perfect Snow White, delicate and beautiful and always wearing a radiant smile, even in the midst of sword training.
Further details have also emerged from director Singh, who reveals that Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen won’t be outwardly evil at first. “She’s the cat that ate the canary,” he tells EW. “From serial killers to anyone who does evil deeds, they basically have a devil-made-me-do-it excuse, or they hear voices,” he continues. “I decided for the evil queen, this is going to be a person who sees her [good] self — but there’s a mirror personality.” When she sends her henchman Nathan Lane to take Snow White into the woods to be killed, he can’t do it and she takes up shelter with seven dwarfs, who make a living as bandits and wear stilts to appear gigantic when ambushing caravans. Kudos to Relativity for hiring real little people actors to play the dwarfs; the characters are still unnamed but they will be played by Jordan Prentice, Joey Gnoffo , Sabastian Saraceno, Collins, Martin Klebba, Mark Provinelli, Ronald Lee Clark and Danny Woodburn.
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