Tarsem Singh began shooting his still untitled Snow White re-working about a month ago in Canada, so the film will be ready for a Spring 2012 release date. The main cast for the project includes Lilly Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Charming, and Julia Roberts as the Wicked Queen.
Now Collins’ Snow and Roberts’ monarch have a father and soon-to-be-ex-husband, who will be brought to life by Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings actor Sean Bean.
Heat Vision has the scoop on Bean being in final negotiations for the Snow White project, which will deviate slightly from the original Brothers Grimm story. However, similar to a lot of the characters Bean has played in the past, the princess’ father still won’t be in the greatest of health by the end of the film.
Relativity describes the project as being “a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal” that follows Snow White as she teams up with seven capable dwarfs (or “rebels”) who help her to do battle with her wicked stepmother, after the latter takes control of the kingdom and exiles Snow.
Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman is also going the route of having the famous ebony-haired princess do more than just flee and seek refuge (or, in the 1937 animated Disney version, sing and dance) with the seven dwarfs in the woods. Production is gearing up to begin soon on that project, which will arrive in theaters less than three months after Singh’s film.
Huntsman, in comparison to Singh’s Snow White, boasts more of a star-studded cast, which includes Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as two main characters – along with seven well-respected actors, whose ranks include Nick Frost and Ian McShane, as the dwarfs. It is also being envisioned as a pure fantasy action-adventure with franchise potential (believe it or not).
In all fairness, though, each Snow White project has its strengths and weaknesses. Singh’s often surreal visual style lends itself naturally to the fairy tale genre, ensuring that his film will definitely offer some creative and stylistic imagery. Hunstman, by comparison, is being overseen by video game commercial director Rupert Sanders, who has not yet helmed a feature-length production.
Hemsworth should make for a charismatic lead in Huntsman, but Stewart has yet to demonstrate the acting chops to convincingly portray a kick-ass princess (the same goes for Collins, admittedly). As for Prince Charming: Hammer definitely has an edge over Huntsman‘s Sam Claflin right now, going off their respective work in The Social Network and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Finally, Singh’s Snow White will feature Sean Bean and Julia Roberts as a royal married couple – that alone sounds strange enough to (almost) justify giving the movie a look.
We’ll see how it all turns out when Singh’s Snow White arrives in theaters on March 16th, 2012, followed by Snow White and the Huntsman on June 1st.