Casting News – Jessica Chastain joins “The Huntsman”

The Wrap and Deadline have reported that actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman. As of right now, it looks like she will be playing the Huntsman’s love interest. (Maybe his beloved wife he mentioned in the first film?)

The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman will be taking a deeper look into the universe and showing backstory for the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Raveena (Theron). Currently, it does not look like Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White just yet as this sequel will be focusing more on the Huntsman’s backstory. Actor Nick Frost played a dwarf in the first film and it looks like he will be one of the only dwarves returning to the franchise.

(photo by Douglas Kirkland - via IMDb)
(photo by Douglas Kirkland – via IMDb)

Actress Emily Blunt has officially been cast as the new villain after reaching a deal with Universal. Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his directorial debut and Joe Roth will be coming back as producer.

There is currently no release date for the awaited sequel, but we expect that to be announced in the coming months.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more details about The Huntsman?

Sources: The Wrap and Deadline

Production Developments – Sequels in the Works for “Pitch Perfect” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Universal Pictures is always a very busy studio between developing new projects and promoting projects that will be reaching audiences in theaters. Today, at CinemaCon studio chairman Adam Fogelson announced a few exciting things about sequels for Pitch Perfect and Snow White and the Huntsman. 

First, it was announced that a sequel for Pitch Perfect is officially under development and the studio is hoping for a 2015 release date. Pitch Perfect starred Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hanna Mae Lee, Elizabeth Banks, and Ben Platt and was directed by Jason Moore. As of right now there is no official word on if these cast members or Moore will be returning to work on the sequel, but the project is still in early development so we should hear more later on.

Pitch Perfect - #10

Additionally, it was announced that the studio is also hoping for a 2015 release date for the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Back in December, Kristen Stewart stated that she will be reprising her role in the sequel. However, there has not been any news about the possibility of Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin will also be returning. Fogelson confirmed last month that director Rupert Sanders will not be returning to work on the sequel.

Snow White and Huntsman poster

Would you be interested in seeing either of these sequels? Did you enjoy Pitch Perfect and Snow White and the Huntsman? Do you think the studio is making the right decision to make sequels for these movies?

Source: Collider (Article #1), Collider (Article #2)

“Snow White and the Huntsman” – Coming Soon!

Now – as you may have noticed, Mirror, Mirror was not the only film this year using the story of Snow White. And Mirror, Mirror has a great cast with Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and of course, Danny Woodburn (whom I got to work with personally on Santa Buddies.) However, they are both very different films. Mirror, Mirror is a light, family comedy, whereas Snow White and the Huntsman is a darker, more serious rendition of the classic story. This Rupert Sanders-directed film stars the stunning Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Ravenna, the lovely Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and the handsome Chris Hemsworth as The Hunstman.

The main premise for this film: Snow White (Stewart) is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Theron). Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman (Hemsworth) to kill Snow White. However, the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign.

The film is set to release June 1, 2012. The cast has been going to photo calls, press events, and premieres in places all over the globe; from Los Angeles, to the UK, to Japan, to Mexico City – this cast has been BUSY and traveling lots! I will put up another post talking about these events in detail later. 😉

Let me know what you think about these trailers and the recent featurette linked below! Also – are you planning to go see this film once it comes to a theatre near you!?

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/snowwhiteandthehuntsman/

A recent poster for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Hunstman.