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'Snow White and the Hunstman' Star Claflin Confirmed for 'Hunger Games' But Will He Do SWATH Sequel?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2012 at 4:29PM

Universal was originally planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind the first David Koepp script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin).
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Roth, Claflin, Stewart, Sanders at 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Premiere
Roth, Claflin, Stewart, Sanders at 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Premiere

Universal was originally planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind the first David Koepp script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin).

Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin

The news that Universal was moving on from Koepp's script was of course linked by the media to the Stewart/Sanders/Pattinson romantic triangle. Truth is, Universal was most interested in capitalizing on the rising stardom of Stewart's hunky co-stars, Hemsworth, coming off Marvel's blockbuster "The Avengers" and with the "Thor" sequel still to come, as well as Claflin, who is now officially confirmed to play heroic District 4 victor Finnick Odair in "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," a juicy role that will build his profile. Universal denied dumping Stewart per se. (Watch the studio offer Sanders another movie.)

But will Stewart fans still want to salivate over a virginal Snow White choosing between two swains, "Twilight" style? Truth is, any sequel is a long way off, when Stewart and everyone else will have moved on to new things.

In the meantime, Pattinson has in his usual classy style taken the high road while promoting David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," and Stewart, 22, is planning to attend the Toronto Film Festival to support Walter Salles' "On the Road." As she should. Still ahead: the press gauntlet on the last "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" installment due November 16. 

Claflin is the next one to watch. He started out in a romantic role in the last version of "Pirates of the Caribbean," "On Stranger Tides," and recently finished filming "The Quiet Ones" opposite Jarred Harris, and "Mary & Martha," starring Hilary Swank. "The Hunger Games" could make him a star.

This article is related to: Twilight, The Hunger Games, In The Works, Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal Pictures


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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.