Universal Pictures is developing a prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Chris Hemsworth, and has appropriately titled it The Hunstman. With Hemsworth and Charlize Theron secured to return as the Huntsman and Ravenna, respctively, along with Nick Frost returning as the dwarf Nion, Jessica Chastain is also attached in an unspecified role. Emily Blunt has been reportedly cast in the film, as well.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actors Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith will be joining the cast as dwarves alongside Nick Frost’s character.
The film will return to the world established by Snow White and the Huntsman, but will present a new element in the story by showing what the characters’ lives were like before the arrival of Snow White. While it was originally thought that the new film in this franchise would be a sequel, a behind-the-scenes occurrence between actress Kristen Stewart and the first film’s director, Rupert Sanders, ultimately led to a film being developed without the involvement of either. The new film will instead be directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (who previously served as the visual effects supervisor on the first film) from a script by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, “The Walking Dead”).
When it was released in 2012, Snow White and the Huntsman received only mixed reviews, and its domestic box office total of $155 million was less than its $175 million budget. Still, a moderately better performance internationally gave the film a worldwide total of about $397 million, which in today’s box office climate makes a sequel an interesting, if somewhat unlikely, proposition. It looks like its beaten the odds, though, as the film is expected to begin shooting soon.
The Hunstman will be released on April 22nd, 2016. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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