October 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The battle to be the fairest of them all rages on. Relativity continues to stay one step ahead of Universal in the tale of the dueling Snow Whites. While filming is still underway on Charlize Theron-Chris Hemsworth starrer “Snow White and the Huntsman”, today new looks at director Tarsem Singh’s still untitled “comedic adventure” take on the wayward Princess and her seven dwarf friends have been unveiled, giving us our first glimpse of Julia Roberts as a “relateable” Evil Queen and Armie Hammer’s dashing Prince Andrew, who attracts both princess and queen.
Back in July, the first image from the film was revealed, featuring Lily Collins in the titular role looking every bit the fantastical fairy tale princess and altogether a totally different creature from armor-clad Kristen Stewart snapped filming battle scenes as the same character on the “Huntsman” set last month. The new reveals of Hammer and especially Roberts fall right in line with Collins’ outrageously colorful look, and we’d expect no less from a true visionary and out-of-the-box director like Tarsem, who is outspoken about the fact that the look of a film matters much more to him than the content.
Roberts fan site About Juia snagged the first scans from the new issue of People Magazine (seen below) and the article suggests even more new images will be revealed soon at People.com/SnowWhite. Also interesting from the article is that simply “Snow” is being considered as a possible title for the project formerly working under the title: “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.”
July 22, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It still doesn’t have an official name; the release date has been pushed forward enough times that we lost count; and right now it’s coming second fiddle to another Snow White film that’s gathering a great supporting cast, but Tarsem Singh’s “Snow White” remake has finally shown us that production is well under way, with our first look at Lily Collins in costume as our lead princess.
Looking classical and beautiful, Collins told EW that her Snow White is “a joyful person who lights up a room and maintains grace at all times” and that she is “very much that fairy tale princess we’ve all read about in books [but] she’s been modernized in a way that she becomes a fighter in the end.”
Featuring The Social Network’s Armie Hammer as the Prince, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Sean Bean as the King, Singh’s version finds the Prince stuck between the Evil Queen who wants to use him to better herself, and Snow White, who wants his help to gain control back of her kingdom. As Collins tells EW though, Snow White goes “from seeking his help to falling in love, though obviously there’s something of a spark from the beginning.”
The as yet untitled Snow White film is due out on March 16th 2012.
May 15, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
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 (Charlize Theron has been 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.
May 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Relatively unknown British actor Robert Emms has landed a pivotal supporting role in director Tarsem Singh’s now untitled “Snow White” project, previously titled “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”. Armie Hammer plays Prince Andrew in the film and Emms will be his man-in-waiting, a sort of Medieval wingman. They join Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White.
The film – like its rival “Snow White and the Huntsman”, which comes out six months later – is a revisionist take on the classic Grimm fairytale. In Tarsem’s version, from a screenplay by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, the Queen and Snow White both vie for the affection of the Prince, who shows up disguised and seeking someone to love him for him rather than his crown. THR also reports that veteran comedic actor Nathan Lane has signed on to play the Queen’s main servant, who stays loyal to her out of fear.
The 25-year-old Emms, who has been acting on British television since 2008, will make his feature film debut in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean political thriller “Anonymous” and will be seen alongside Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”. Both films will be out in late 2011.
The untitled “Snow White” project is already scheduled for a June 29, 2012 release.
April 1, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Relativity pulls ahead of the pack one step further as it finally casts its titular princess in “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”. Variety reports that Lily Collins is the fairest of them all who will romance Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew and defy Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. The studio toyed with the idea of casting 16-year-old Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in the title role, but the age difference with already-cast 24-year-old Hammer was a cause for hesitation. Collins, who is 22, is much more age appropriate while still maintaining Snow White’s core innocence and fragility. Director Tarsem Singh begins lensing in May for a projected June 29, 2012 release.
“Grimm”, written by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, will be a darker and modernized retelling of the Grimm classic, and will see Collins’ Snow White banding together with her handsome prince and seven quarrelsome dwarves to take down the Evil Queen. It will beat its direct competitor, Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” to the box office by six months, with the Charlize Theron-Kristen Stewart vehicle due to begin filming late summer and hitting theaters on December 21, 2012. “Huntsman” also suffered a large casting setback recently as Viggo Mortensen officially exited talks with the studio to take on the role of the Huntsman after months of negotiations. Meanwhile, at Disney, “Toy Story 3″‘s Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt is hard at work on a third version of the story, “Snow and the Seven”, set in Medieval China.
Collins, daughter of Phil and one of our faces to watch in 2011, who broke out in 2009′s “The Blind Side”, has been landing one high profile role after another in recent months. First she was cast as lead character Clary Fray in Screen Gems’ adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments”, then beat out the likes of Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings and Portia Doubleday for the female lead in “Odd Thomas” opposite Anton Yelchin. She’ll next be seen in sci-fi thriller “Priest” opposite Paul Bettany and teen-oriented actioner “Abduction” opposite “Twilight”‘s Taylor Lautner.
March 26, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
He may already look like a real-life prince, but now Armie Hammer is officially about to become one—on screen, anyway. An exclusive report from Deadline reveals that Hammer (“The Social Network”) has signed a deal to star as Prince Albert in Relativity’s “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.“ Saoirse Ronan (“The Lovely Bones” and the upcoming “Hanna”) is also reported to be in talks to play Hammer’s princess. Hammer, who is currently filming Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar, be joining the already cast Julia Roberts who is set to play the evil queen.
Director Tarsem Singh is accompanied by Ryan Kavanaugh, Bernie Goldman and Brett Ratner as producers, while Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller penned the screenplay. As the film’s title would imply, the story follows a retelling of the classic fairy tale. ”The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” is one of three Snow White-related films currently in the works. Also in production are Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” with Kristen Stewart in the starring role and “Snow and the Seven,” which situates the traditional tale in 19th Century China.
Production is expected to begin in May with a tentative release date of June 29th, 2012.
March 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
Hang tight to your memories of childhood fairytales, because most of them are about to get a make-over in the next couple of years. Thanks in no small part to the massive success of Tim Burton’s live-action 3-D fantasy “Alice in Wonderland”, nearly every fairytale, legend and folklore is being snatched up by studios to remake, re-invent and re-imagine for the big screen, sometimes more than once (yes, there really are three Snow Whites and two Peter Pans in active development). And each one has a new “twist” to make you believe you’re not paying $14 just to see a tale as old as time. From modern-day Beasts to self-sufficient Snow Whites and grown-up Hansels and Gretels, each new project promises to be “modern”, “edgy” and inevitably, “brand new”.
It all kicked off yesterday with the release of “Beastly”, a modern-day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. What better place to start?
Start Here: Beastly >>
February 2, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Twilight Saga” star Kristen Stewart has entered negotiations to play the titular role in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”, after days of rumor and speculation. Viggo Mortensen takes the role of the Huntsman and Charlize Theron will be playing the evil queen. Can’t say we’re very excited about this bit of news, but it seems Universal didn’t feel comfortable giving the role to a lesser known actress who may have fit the part better in our opinion, like Bella Heathcote, Felicity Jones and Emily Browning, who all tested for the role. They had Stewart in their sights since they acquired the script last fall and finally made an official offer over the weekend, without ever having her test, reports THR. They caution negotiations have only just begun and could fall apart in the end, but “both sides want it to happen”.
Commercial director Rupert Sanders makes his feature directorial debut with this more action-oriented take on the classic Grimm fairy tale, which will see Snow White and the Huntsman go on the run together, while he will act as her protector and teach her how to defend herself. Being one of three currently in development projects revolving around Snow White, this pic does have the advantage of being the first out of the gate. Relativity Media has “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”, an “edgy 3D re-imagining” of the German folk tale written by Melisa Wallack, with Tarsem Singh attached to direct, while Disney just set Oscar-nominated “Toy Story 3″ scribe Michael Arndt to pen “Snow White and the Seven”.
Stewart hit international superstardom thanks to her portrayal of Bella Swan in the monster hit “Twilight” series, but has stuck mostly to edgy, indie films during breaks from filming of the franchise. She was last seen in “Welcome to the Rileys” and “The Runaways”, both little-seen but relatively well received critically. “Snow White” would mark her first studio feature since “Twilight”.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” will be released on December 21, 2012. Ah, well. Thank goodness we have two more Snow White movies to look forward to.