When Snow White and The Huntsman came out in 2012, it managed to pull in almost $400 million. The film, which put a fresh spin on the Snow White story, helped cement Hollywood’s current trend of reimagining classic fairytales. Considering the big business it did for Universal, it wasn’t long before a follow-up was announced. The Huntsman will focus on Chris Hemsworth’s character. Kristen Stewart, who played Snow White, will not be involved this time around as the story will take place before the events of the first film.
But who will be in this one? THR is reporting that two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain has signed on.
She’ll be joining a cast that will include a returning Charlize Theron and new addition Emily Blunt. They’ll be working off of a screenplay by Frank Darabont who, at one point, was set to direct the prequel. After Darabont bowed out from directing duties, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan got the call. This will be the first feature film from Nicolas-Troyan, who is primarily known as a visual effects supervisor. He must be impressing the right people because, aside from replacing Darabont, the French filmmaker has also been tapped to direct the Highlander reboot.
As of now, there’s no word on who Chastain will play in The Huntsman. The film is scheduled for an April 22, 2016 release.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter