Johnny Depp Offered Lead in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the news that Johnny Depp is up for the latest lead role in a major Hollywood film.

In the last two years, Depp has been rumored to play The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises, a story that has since been debunked; Tonto in Disney’s Lone Ranger, which might re-team him with director Gore Verbinski; and Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the popular 1960s TV show.

Factor in the movies that Depp is working on now (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), or the movies he has recently completed (Rango), and it seems like nothing comes out of Hollywood without at least mentioning the quirky actor’s name.

As if to prove that very point, The Wrap is exclusively reporting that Johnny Depp has been offered the role of the Huntsman in Universal’s new film Snow White and the Huntsman. According to the report, Depp was offered the role after actor Tom Hardy turned it down (presumably to film his unknown role in The Dark Knight Rises).

Snow White and the Huntsman (not to be confused with The Brothers Grimm: Snow White) features a number of revisions that differentiate the movie from the original Snow White story, most important of which is an expanded role for the Huntsman.

According to The Wrap,

“The story features an expanded role for the Huntsman, who in the original story lets Snow White go after being ordered to kill her in the woods. In Daugherty’s script, the Huntsman is haunted by a white wolf that killed his wife, and there’s a pervasive sadness about the character that makes the void in his life feel quite real.”

I’m a big Depp fan, and this project sounds interesting, so I’m happy to hear that he’s up for the role. That being said, it’s getting a bit repetitive to hear his name attached to every movie coming out of Hollywood. The same problem happens when we talk about superhero movies. It seems like the same names (Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine) are attached to every new comic book property that is coming out.

It makes you wonder how lesser-known actors must feel when they go in for an audition? “Oh, Depp already read for this. Sweet. Guess that means I’m not getting this part.”

Universal plans to release Snow White and the Huntsman to theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Awesome news!

  2. I am a big Johnny Depp fan too and I am not surprised they would him for this.
    Given his proven track record every production does seem to consider him.
    Personally, I would like to see Johnny take more serious roles — he’s
    done enough of these fantasy roles to fill more than one career.

  3. Great news!

  4. When was Chris Pine mentioned in a comic book movie?

    • In the few months after Star Trek came out he was mentioned in loads of articles, apparently being offered leads in everything.
      His name gets thrown around alot for comic book roles like Green Lantern, Flash, even Superman too. Sometimes they’re just fan picks but his name comes up often.

      • As far as Chris Pine goes, all I’ve heard is he’s being considered for the Flash.

      • Alright. I had just never heard anything about him in a comic movie.

  5. I’m interested in this film, but it’s gonna fail. I mean December 21? What other highly-anticipated movie comes out then? Oh yeah, THE HOBBIT.

  6. So… If the lead role is Snow White, does that mean he will play Snow White? Hehehe…

  7. Hey marcus I just posted the same thing on another board. JD could play her you know lol he is fantastic in everything he does.

  8. the bad thing about this film is that Tim Burton is set to direct and i cant stand TB and JD collaborations the only one i really liked was sleepy hollow so so im going to guess this film will suck just like every other TB film

    • I thought Rupert Sanders is directing this film, not Burton.

      • never heard of him

    • Sweeney Todd? Alice in Wonderland? Ed Wood? Come on now, haha

  9. but if Tim Burton has nothing to do with this film then it could be ok

  10. ??? UH? I don’t remember this version of snow white growing up..Very dark.,guys did o miss something way back in time in story land? LMAO1 Like i don’t remember a hunter going after snow white to kill her in the stories i grew up with? I am just well birth perplexed and curios yet intrigued with a kind of WTF!?LMAO1

    • Most classic tales that got “Disney-ized” actually had darker overtones and featured death and dismemberment of key characters. Read the actual tales and not the Disney versions and you’ll be shocked… Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm, all those tales were dark and twisted.

  11. I saw a movie called ‘In the Company of Wolves’ which was woven into a series of childhood fairytales as an adult exploration and it was quite good. I believe that thie film was originally german in origin but I am being particularly lazy at this very moment. The film was quite visceral and purely mature in its delivery of subject matter.

    When I first saw this discussion elsewhere I got the distinct impression that there would be a Wolf involved in this and I really cannot say why but now my intuition was confirmed. It ought to be interesting and I think I will give it a proper once over before commenting more.

    There’s nothing wrong with Depp getting a lionshare of offers to pick from given the fact that he needs a variety in order to find the most appropriate options for his personal choice of what fits with all the other options he has running. Its really not our call and if he is true to himself than all we have to do is sit back and enjoy.

    As for Burton… I really dont think he is on this project as I recall.

    • Maybe Joe Ross is on the project??

  12. This is not good news for this movie, because December 21st that is mentioned in this article as this movies release date, is the “supposed” doomsday for earth!, according the ancient mayans!, so the only thing i can say about what it says in this article is, -> “YIKES!” =(, this movie will NEVER happen! =(.”

    • The earth can’t end in 2012! My can of Tuna doesn’t expire until 2014…

      • You are hilarious foopher :D

        • Well thank you. I’ll be here all week!

  13. As long as it’s the gruesome version…

  14. you must confuse company of wolves (british) with the never ending story (german, like the book), both masterpieces
    company of wolves is very much like LABYRINTH when you think of it, only the heroin makes the opposite choice at the end
    sarah goes back to her room and her toys and decides to be a child for a little bit longer (only wiser), while rosalie grows up and joins the wolves (symbolicaly, the grown ups), it’s only my interpertation…I’m open to others

    • Cool… glad you were able to clear that up for me… i enjoyed the cinematography in the first one (company of wolves) and also the blending of stories as we began to see in some of jarmusch’s work a little later.

      I do think the cinematography in that film is similar to the Grimm Brothers film because it has a touch of darkness to the film quality. As for Depp working with Stewart… not so much… likely he would have to work too hard to bring anything out of her method or lack there of.

  15. Great news. Love your job, Johnny. I wish you put one day Kristen Stewart to work with you. I have seen your movies since you startet to act. And this young actress remembers me when you were young.I wish she could be the snow white or someone else. I really hope to see a movie with both of you. As I saw you at the People´s choice this year… I loved you even more. You are so true to yourself like she is. Please, think about. She is pretty, young and seems to need someone with an open mind like you in this moment in her career I´m sure you are the one ..Congratulations for your wonderful movies. Now I see them with my kids. It´s really a pleasure…

  16. Johnny Depp is a great actor acting must be in his blood I am sure he does not need any more money he enjoyed acting

  17. Hey foopher… sing us a song… my banjo will jangle along… Rand Paul has just taken Kentucky by the reins and we are now going to hell… Lets just light these hay bales on fire and give Zombie a real life Magistrates of Salem scene to ponder… anyone got the bluetips… my zippos is dry and I am all out of my dragon balls…. Good news is there are plenty of bodies here for biofuel if we need them and they are all liquored up!