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New Trailer for 'Snow White and the Huntsman'; Stewart Is The One to End The Darkness

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2012 at 12:16PM

In this extended trailer for Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1), the epic fairy tale adaptation looks less edgy than we'd expected. This mythical action adventure is clearly aimed at a female PG-13 audience.
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Snow White Huntsman, Stewart

In this extended trailer for Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1), the epic fairy tale adaptation looks less edgy than we'd expected. This mythical action adventure is clearly targeted to a female PG-13 audience.

The classic story has been reworked: Snow White (Kristen Stewart) must save the world from the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron); both appear to have mythical powers. Snow White wears armor and has been trained in the art of combat by the huntsman ("Thor"'s Chris Hemsworth) who was sent to kill her. Sam Claflin plays this film's Prince Charming (Armie Hammer's role in rival "Mirror Mirror," which looks very twee and will beat "Huntsman" to the finish line on March 30, if not at the box office).

As ever, the Evil Queen is obsessed with maintaining her power by being more beautiful and youthful than everyone else, and Snow White poses a risk to that (she is "the one" and the "end to the darkness"). Will the film wind up a compelling commentary on our beauty-obsessed culture or a reinforcement of damaging values?

See the trailer below. Xfinity has an extended five minute first look here.

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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.