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Ian McShane Will Play One Of The Dwarfs In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 21, 2011 3:29 AM
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He's been a saloon owner in the western "Deadwood," Blackbeard in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and now Ian McShane is lining up a big, small role. What?

THR reports that McShane is the first actor to take on one of the roles of the dwarfs in Universal's "Snow White And The Huntsman." Yes, one of the two competing Snow White projects that will hit theaters next year, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Sam Clafin in a retelling of the classic fairy tale in which the woodsman (Hemsworth), who is meant to bump off the titular princess (Stewart), winds up training her instead to fight her evil stepmother (Theron). McShane will play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs who we presume has no ties to Caesar the leader of the apes.

Production on the film will begin in August with Rupert Sanders directing -- giving plenty of time for Hossein Amini to complete his rewrite -- with a June 1, 2012 release date already slotted. But Relativity's competing, still untitled, Tarsem-directed film started filming today, and is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2012. Two rushed productions each delivering movies in less than a year? Here's hoping at least one of them is watchable.

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  • TFT | June 22, 2011 1:07 AMReply

    dwarves, not dwarfs.

  • dan | June 21, 2011 11:16 AMReply

    What a great casting choice. That guy is terrific and the other cast members are great. Really excited to see this version.

  • gonad | June 21, 2011 9:40 AMReply


  • Penny | June 21, 2011 8:30 AMReply

    Damn Universal!
    You are making me care and giving more reasons to give damn about this snow white. I love me some Ian McShane, the man is brilliant in everything and is the reason why Deadwood and The pillars of the earth were elevated to high standards.

    Plus I effing hate that the other snow white project from Relativity is being maimed into a comedy. I love you Tarsem but WTF were you thinking when you signed on to the snow white project that turns the originally sinister fairy-tale source into some cheesy comedy? There is nothing funny about a tale about a girl that has to escape from her murderous step-mother.

    Well played guys are winning me over

  • Cindy S | June 21, 2011 8:08 AMReply

    I am definetly watching Snow White and the Huntsman! Keisten, Chris, Charlize and now Ian! Woo hoo!
    The two Show White movies cater to different genre from what i read, the earlier are comedic adventure while the second is a gritter and darker version. Best of luck to both.

    p.s. @Charlotte, hate is such an ugly trait escpecially for the ladies, lighten up.

  • Charlotte | June 21, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

    Yeah... No, thanks.

  • dean | June 21, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    kristen stewart now ian mcshane awesome great love it SWATH looking better and better cant wait to see it dark and gritty take of the beautiful snow white tale sounds very intresting and my cup of tea ant woman kicking butt does it for me lol and if kristen is in a mini dress all the better yeh baby

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