Those of you who have been keeping up with Universal’s marketing for Snow White and the Huntsman likely need no more convincing that this “dark and edgy” re-imagining of a timeless story will at least look fantastic – what with its stylishly textured scenery and expressive costumes, not to mention its gruffly handsome male leads and lovely female leads (passing over complaints about Kristen Stewart’s appearance in Twilight, that is).

All the same, the studio has released even more promotional imagery – along with a slick international one-sheet – for its epic fantasy spin on this centuries-old fairy tale. It’s worth having a look, even for those of you who’ve already marked your calendar in anticipation of this film’s theatrical release (like us).

Events in Snow White and the Huntsman are set in motion when the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns that in order to retain her dark powers and beautiful appearance for all eternity, she must literally consume the heart of her step-daughter, Snow White (Stewart). When the princess just barely escapes before that can happen, the queen recruits a widowed huntsman (The Avengers‘ Chris Hemsworth) to hunt the young woman down.

However, the rugged warrior soon discovers that Snow White is destined to restore the crumbling kingdom to its former glory – inspiring him to team up with and train the lass in the art of war, so that she may lead a rebellion against the land’s malicious ruler and her shadowy forces.

Check out the French poster for Snow White and the Huntsman (followed by the latest photo gallery):




Judging by Screen Rant’s exclusive interview with Snow White director Rupert Sanders, it sounds as though the filmmaker is genuinely interested in using the movie’s visuals to reflect and enhance the thematic substance of its storyline – as opposed to simply serving as eye candy, which is more the case with Tarsem Singh’s recently-released take on the fairy tale, Mirror Mirror. Whether or not Sanders and his creative team will actually prove successful with that endeavor is the question, of course – but based on early footage, there’s good reason to be optimistic.

For more images from Snow White and the Huntsman (which hits U.S. theaters on June 1st, 2012) check out the full gallery over at The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide [via Comic Book Movie].