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Dueling Snow Whites: Huntsman Set as Trilogy; Character Details for Stewart, Theron and Hemsworth

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 5, 2011 at 6:48AM

Who needs "happily ever after" when you can reinvent the fairy-tale rules?
Thompson on Hollywood

Who needs "happily ever after" when you can reinvent the fairy-tale rules?

Producer Joe Roth's announcement that Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman is “meant to be the first in a series of films" delivers a body blow to Relativity's already filming untitled Snow White, which is slated to come out first. "This story will end," he says, "but there will be questions remaining for these three characters.”

As befits a would-be franchise, Universal will mount a presentation at Comic-Con this July before production on Huntsman even begins in August. Roth provides more details on the main characters, played by Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron below:

The Huntsman: “The Huntsman is a mercenary, in the sense that he’s a guy who is very able in the woods, more able than most anyone. His job is to capture runaway girls, who are all fleeing the kingdom because of the queen. He’s a nondescript bounty hunter, as we first meet him…He’s not a nice guy, but not only that, he’s someone who has lost hope and lost faith. He has lost his wife, given up on everything."

Snow White: “She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods,…[of Kristen Stewart] I hope this is a movie that will appeal to those who find Twilight appealing, but also [Stewart] is someone who has some piss and vinegar in her.”

Evil Queen: ”She’ll be larger than life. Evil without any burden of guilt.”

More details on the two Snow White projects here.

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Independents, Studios, IN THE WORKS, Fantasy, Action, Kristen Stewart, Relativity, Universal/Focus Features

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.