Snow White and the Huntsman always seems like the definition of a missed opportunity to me. After the trailers and footage of Chris Hemsworth in the Huntsman role, the film seemed like it had the potential to actually be one of those few live-action fairytales nowadays that worked. Unfortunately, the film’s overall execution and Kristen Stewart’s casting seemed to drag the film down more than anything else, and made me leave the film with a disappointed, sour taste in my mouth.
However, both Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron managed to stand out as shining lights in the film’s overall disappointing canvas, and despite my initial reservations, the film’s upcoming spin-off focusing entirely on Hemsworth’s Huntsman actually seems to have some more potential than I may have initially given it credit for. Especially with the additions of both Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, who have emerged as two of the most talented actresses in the industry today.
The film, which was initially only known as The Huntsman, has officially turned into The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and some new posters for the movie have been released, including our very first looks at Hemsworth, Blunt, Chastain, and Theron in costume. Check out the posters below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis as well:
“The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.”
I’ll be honest, normally I wouldn’t care about this movie in any way shape or form. However, the cast is so incredible and I did really love Hemsworth’s Huntsman in the original film, that I can’t help but be at least a little bit hopeful that Winter’s War will end up being the fantasy epic I was hoping its predecessor would be. Bringing on Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt as two new female leads doesn’t hurt either, and I look forward to seeing how they end up fitting into the franchise’s tone and aesthetic.
While the movie isn’t set to hit theatres until next April too, the film’s first official trailer will be dropping this Wednesday, and will give us our first clear idea of what to expect from this follow-up. You can check back later this week for trailer too, and now let’s wait and see if The Huntsman: Winter’s War is able to make up for the original’s mistakes.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is set to hit theatres on April 22nd, 2016.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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