Snow White and the Huntsman is one of those eleventy Snow White projects that are currently in development. It’s the one Universal is doing, and it tells the story of Snow White teaming up with a (you guessed it) huntsman to go off and kill the evil queen. Charlize Theron has been set to play the queen, and Kristen Stewart Snow White, for quite some time; but we keep getting the run around about who is going to fill the role of the huntsman. At first everybody was told that Viggo Mortenson was close to playing the role, but then negotiations fell through with him. That wasn’t really a big deal though, because soon after Hugh Jackman was said to be stepping in. That was a fine replacement, until he decided to pass. So then, after striking out with top tier talent, Universal looked toward more of an up and comer in Joel Edgerton. I haven’t even heard about what happened to him in relation to this project, but now Variety is reporting that he’s out and the new lead choice is Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.
Or perhaps Edgerton isn’t out at all. Maybe Universal has just caught wind of positive buzz coming off of Thor, and more specifically Hemsworth’s sex appeal in Thor, and tried to go after what they see to be a hotter prospect. Maybe Edgerton is sitting on the backburner, always a Huntsmaid, never a Huntsman. Or maybe Universal just has no idea what they’re doing with this project whatsoever. They’ve now gone from casting a man in his early 50s all the way down to casting a dude in his late 20s for the same role. We may not see an actual green light for this film to move forward with shooting until they’ve run through everyone of age in Hollywood and Justin Bieber gets attached. In that case, I suggest that they rename the project Snow White and the Bieb. I think there’s more marketing potential there.