Hugh Jackman Wanted For ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Universal has been on the prowl for Viggo Mortensen’s replacement in Snow White and the Huntsmansince the actor officially dropped out a couple weeks back. Now the studio has reportedly offered the Huntsman role to another A-list actor known for portraying rugged figures onscreen: Hugh Jackman.

With the one-two blow of Darren Aronofsky’s departure and the situation in Japan having essentially put The Wolverine on indefinite hold right now, Universal is hoping that Jackman will decide to sign on for its refashioned fairy tale project in the meantime.

Deadline has the scoop on this casting possibility for Snow White and the Huntsman, which screenwriter Hossein Amini (the upcoming 47 Ronin movie) is in talks to do script polish work on before it begins production this fall. Kristen Stewart remains attached to star as the iconic pale, dark-haired princess in the film – one of two upcoming Snow White movies that restructures the classic story as more of an action-adventure tale.

Tarsem Singh’s rival Snow White project will feature up-and-comers like Lily Collins and Armie Hammer as its leads – with Julia Roberts portraying the villainous stepmother/evil queen. Charlize Theron will tackle that same role in Snow White and the Huntsman, which won’t arrive until some six months after Singh’s film hits theaters.

Neither Collins nor Stewart – as demonstrated by the returns for her non-Twilight films – are big box office draws on their own, but Roberts does make Singh’s Snow White look more lucrative than Theron does with Huntsman. So it makes sense that Universal is setting its sights high and wants to bring someone with certifiable star power (like Jackman) onboard – to give its fairy tale movie the edge, so to speak.

Jackman remains as determined as ever to make sure The Wolverine turns out well, but 20th Century Fox already has plenty of tentpole pics set to arrive in 2012. Plus, with other highly-anticipated comic book titles like The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises all arriving next summer, it could be to The Wolverine‘s advantage to hit theaters at a later time.

I can certainly see Jackman playing a gruff and experienced warrior who mentors Stewart’s Snow White in the ways of the world – and he’s more than a worthy replacement for Mortensen. Jackman seems to have little problem staying in shape, so the physical nature of the Huntsman part should only further assist the actor in remaining fit for when production on The Wolverine does get underway. We’ll find out soon enough if Jackman is actually interested in the role, though.

Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled for theatrical release on December 21st, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Hugh Jackman is so much cooler than Viggo

  2. Seriously, you think Julia Roberts will pull more weight than Theron?? Unles they plan on adding in Richard Gere then that one will bomb like most of Roberts films.

    I would watch the one with Theron.

  3. Probably a much better fit for this role than Viggo, anyway.

    • yeah

  4. Yeah, any film with Kristen Stewart in the lead is going to have problems. Stewart plus Hugh= Oooof!

    Fans want a more classic telling of Snow White…not elsworlds Red Riding Hood styele film with a bad actress like Stewart trying to act tough. Viggo got out of dodge just in time for this mess of Snow White project.

  5. Snow White and The Wolverine. Too bad Kristen Stewart is in this movie. Where’s Edward so I watch Wolverine gut him like a

    • I don’t know man, give me Charlize Theron over Julia Roberts ANY day.

      I can’t help digging that chick from Twilight she’s just sassy . That Lily is a girl with a pretty face that says nothing truly interesting, every word uttered is media trained.

  6. Jackman would do a great job as the Huntsman. I’m for anything that keeps him in shape for Wolverine. Two Snow White Movies so close together though? That’s going to be interesting.

  7. If Snow White looked like Theron, I’d make her my Sleeping Beauty and wake her with a kiss!
    But if Jackman postpones Wolverine to be The Huntsman, then I’ll be Grumpy!

    • Wolverine is already indefinitely postponed. Hugh would be stupid to come on board this mess of a warped Snow White film also.

  8. They should offer the Snow White part to Lindsey Lohan ! Then it would be like that song, “High Ho, high Ho”!

  9. Don’t do it Hugh!!!

  10. Lousy actress Stewart with Hugh in this ill conceived warped Snow White film? Ooof!

    There is a reason why Viggo got the heck out dodge before it was too late.

    Hugh should take notice of that smart move by Viggo and stay away from this garbage project. Kristen Stewart is terrible!

    Good for Viggo though, now he will most likely be in the Nolan produced and Snyder directed Superman epic instead.

  11. Is Kristen Stewart that bad? I havent seen any of the Twilight films but i did see the Runaways movies and she did a really good job in it.

  12. Before Stewart killed her carreer in twilight mess, she was a good actress. And how exactly is Roberts better than Theron? Where Roberts´ Oscar was a joke, Theron can win it over Roberts even only standing on the same stage.
    Roberts can´t sell a movie by herself anymore and with two unknown names in the movie, I seriously doubt they can rely on starpower.

  13. Kristen Stewart is NOT bad actress
    the more you criticize her, the more popular she’ll get
    in fact Kristen Stewart is one of the hottest hollywood celebrity actress!

    • KRISTEN WILL BE STUNNING AND GREAT IN THIS FILM. Would not wanna watch Lily Collins’ Snow White. Collins body looks like a joke! Her piggy legs. lol.