Viggo Mortensen Looks To Have Dropped Out Of 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

by Edward Davis
March 25, 2011 11:27 AM
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We're kind of loving Viggo Mortensen at the moment. Despite coming to career ascension with "The Lord Of The Rings" films, the 52-year-old actor always seemed uncomfortable in tentpoles and super-budgeted films, instead choosing to use his post-'LOTR' fame to carefully attach himself to more interesting and thoughtful work like his trio of David Croneberg films ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and the upcoming "A Dangerous Method"), John Hillcoat's "The Road" and forthcoming Walter Salles adaptation of "On The Road."

The actor has always given the impression that he's wisely choosy of the roles he'll take on. To wit: he was a "person of interest" for the Zack Snyder "Superman: The Man of Steel" film, but apparently Mortensen wasn't interested (though Variety suggests it was a scheduling conflict and he could now take the "Superman" role).

It also seems that while he's coveted for the "Dark Tower" adaptation, it remains to be seen if he's interested. He then surprised when it was reported he was in talks to appear alongside Kristen Stewart in the more mainstream "Snow White and the Huntsman" picture by commercial filmmaker Rupert Sanders, who is making his feature-length directorial debut with the film. But this flirting with mainstream Hollywood looks to have been brief. THR is reporting that talks with the star have broken down and it sounds like Universal and Sanders are going to have to look elsewhere for their Huntsman.

Apparently already contentious talks broke down last night and while it's unknown if they're completely dead, Universal and producer Joe Roth are evidently moving on. This is a second blow to Uni's 'Snow White' film. The first one essentially came when Tarsem Singh's rival "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," decided they could beat Huntsman to the starting gate, even though only Julia Roberts is signed on, by a full six months ('Grimm' is set for a June 29, 2012 release while 'The Huntsman' is set for a December 21, 2012 bow).

Viggo's exit, or appeared one, leaves Uni with Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, which is frankly still a very sittin' pretty place to be. Conceivably there are many higher wattage stars out there that could take this role, but are any of them half the actor that Mortensen is? Though, does it matter. Written by Evan Daugherty, "Snow White and the Huntsman" is enjoyable enough of a read, but isn't exactly like like high drama (a slightly goofier version of "Sherlock Holmes" strikes us as a somewhat similar tone). This is a tentpole and Viggo doesn't exactly fit that bill anyhow. In the end, is it better for everyone? Cue Variety and Deadline with casting shortlist stories, the type of stories, we'd probably write too, but would probably feel slightly more remorse for.

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10 Comments

  • Jane | April 4, 2011 2:10 AMReply

    I think it make sense the evil queen hire a foreigner to be the huntsman. Ya, Chow Yun-fat from Grouching tiger Hidden dragon could be the part. I saw him played a killer once in a Hong Kong movie, he looked cool. I'm interested in prince Charmant too. I think the production could keep it as a secret like King Arthur in The Robinhood. I have a perfect candidate in mind. Think about how many RobSten fans out there will go crazy if they know both of them will be in the same movie again.

  • Edward Davis | March 28, 2011 7:33 AMReply

    Eric Bana is a REALLY good pick actually, but he'll surely turn it down as it's too similar to Hanna. And or they'll offer him a shitload of money and he won't.

  • frank | March 28, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    I thought Viggo is good for the role. Now fans are talking about who's going to play the Huntsman. Eric Bana seems got most voted. But since this script has totally different view from the traditional Snow White, I think the Huntsman can have a bit different as well. May be like someone said thinking out of the box. The evil queen can hire anyone to do the job. May be a Kung Fu Huntsman ? How about Chow Yun-fat from the Better Tomorrow and Grouching tiger Hidden dragon. He can play killer and hero, he's tall and sporty, he can speak English and he's famous in Asia and many Commonwealth nations. With these three major roles, the movie is going to be very interesting and entertaining.

  • Betty b | March 26, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    I agree he would make a great Roland in Dark Tower, not only the look but the persona.

  • KT | March 26, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    The script is horrid.

    Still can't believe this is getting made or even sold for that much.

  • intheknow | March 26, 2011 4:02 AMReply

    rupert is no longer attached to this project either...you'll see.

  • jimmiescoffee | March 26, 2011 2:51 AMReply

    and by retied. i mean retired. one to many jack and waters.

  • jimmiescoffee | March 26, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    i thought viggo was retied? remember that?

  • Liana | March 25, 2011 11:58 AMReply

    Personally, I'd like to see him in take on role that's not high drama.

  • jim | March 25, 2011 11:53 AMReply

    I hope he does Dark Tower. He'd be a great Roland.

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