Universal Pictures has just released the second trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War starring Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title character and Charlize Theron, who also returns to reprise her role as Ravenna, the Evil Queen. The film is a prequel and sequel of sorts that is set before and after the events of Snow White And The Huntsman. Trust me, the trailer doesn’t make it exactly clear which one of the two it is. The two will be joined by Emily Blunt, who plays Freya, the Ice Queen and sister of Raveena, and Jessica Chastain, Sara, the Warrior, Eric’s (Hemsworth) lover.
The cast for the sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman is getting more and more impressive, more than compensating for the removal of the Snow White character, who was played in the first movie by The Twilight Saga star Kristen Stewart.
Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain is the latest to join the Universal Pictures production, which is simply titled The Huntsman at the moment. Also confirmed for the cast is Emily Blunt, who was reported to be in talks for a villain role in January when The Shawshank Redemption director and The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont departed as director.
Back in June, it was announced that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) would direct The Huntsman, Universal’s planned follow-up to their 2012 feature Snow White and The Huntsman, which starred Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Eric aka The Huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna.
Now, the filmmaker reportedly “abruptly left” the project last week, according to The Wrap, which adds that a new director is expected to be hired this week. Darabont, who served as showrunner for Season 1 of the AMC television series The Walking Dead before he was reportedly fired from the show, exited The Huntsman because of “creative differences,” Universal told to The Wrap.
Recently we found out that Frank Darabont was on the shortlist of potential directors for Snow White and the Huntsman 2, the follow-up to 2012’s re-imagining of the fairy tale that starred Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, and was directed by Rupert Sanders.
The news that Darabont was a candidate seemed odd. Why would the director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, and the TV series creator of AMC’s The Walking Dead, be interested in making not only a sequel to a movie he wasn’t involved in, but a sequel to a movie that also received mediocre critical response (48% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.2/10 on IMDB)?
But it appears that the interest is real and something about the project has appealed to Darabont, as it is now being reported that he’s officially in talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2.
According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr., Universal Pictures is scouting for potential directors to take on the sequel to the 2012 fantasy-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, and so far their shortlist of hoped-for helmers includes Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), Andy Muschietti (Mama), and most interestingly, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption).
Darabont has been working mostly in television since the release of his last feature directorial effort, 2007’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist. He was the initial show-runner for AMC’s smashing success The Walking Dead until he and the network went through a nasty split during production on the series’ second season in 2011. Most recently he created the TNT crime series Mob City, which was cancelled after one low-rated season, and performed an uncredited rewrite on Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.