So I was working Saturday morning and then the weekend got away from me. I woke up today and found I had missed practically the easiest news to report. As many know, 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” was a mixed success. It garnered quite the box office numbers though and a sequel was immediately greenlit.
However, due to the controversy of the affair between lead actress Kristen Stewart, who played Snow White, and the director Rupert Sanders, Universal was forced to stray away from the two, dropping both Stewart and Sanders to focus on a prequel being made about Eric, the Huntsman, played once again by Chris Hemsworth. The film, titled “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” decided also to up their game by adding a handful of Oscar-nominated actresses, namely Jessica Chastain who plays the Huntsman’s love Sara (Subtitled as “The Warrior”) and Emily Blunt who plays Chastain’s and Hemsworth’s queen that they fight under, Freya (Subtitled “The Ice Queen”).
The synopsis is as follows:
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Played by Charlize Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya, 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 and warrior Sara – 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.
The plot is rather confusing, implying it as both a prequel, spin-off, and, it seems, sequel as it involves Charlize Theron’s character being resurrected. In “Snow White and the Huntsman”, it was implied Eric’s wife had died. It is not for certain that Chastain is his wife and simply finds out she is alive. We’ll have to wait for a trailer to, hopefully, get the story straight.
For now, wet your whistles with these four character posters that have been released featuring Hemsworth, Chastain, Blunt, and Theron in their respective roles. You don’t really need subtitles for these as you can guess.
I personally, am excited for this. I felt Theron was brilliant as Queen Ravenna the first time around and that Hemsworth, in a warrior role, is always handy. Not to mention adding Chastain and Blunt to the mix. The project was, at one time, getting directors of high caliber such as Frank Darabont interested in the position. In fact, Darabont co-wrote the film with David Koepp, Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
In the end, French director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was picked to run the film. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on “Snow White and the Huntsman” before being promoted to director for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”. My hope is that his familiarity with the mythology and universe presented in the first one will allow him to guide the film out of pitfalls its predecessor faced.
The film co-stars actor Nick Frost, returning from his role of the dwarf Nion that he played in the previous film. The film is set to be released April 22, 2016.