UPDATE: We’ve added a few more images of Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in costume on the Snow White and the Huntsman set to our gallery.
Universal and Relativity are silently waging a war of the Snow White movies. The latter has director Tarsem Singh working on a “modernized,” but still fittingly fantastical, adaptation of the classic fairy tale – whereas the former is aiming for a re-interpretation in the mode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Game of Thrones, titled Snow White and the Huntsman.
Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart is portraying the iconic fair-skinned princess in Huntsman – so, it’s all the more appropriate that the first set photos from that production should largely feature the actress in her Snow White getup.
Huntsman made quite the splash at the 2011 Comic-Con, where early footage unveiled from the film – coupled with a handful of grim character banners – suggested that it would be a genuinely dark and gritty period action-adventure variation on the traditional fairy tale. These new set photos do nothing but lend further credence to that idea; honestly, if you hadn’t been told otherwise, you might have assumed some of these set images were from Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (or that Stewart was playing Joan of Arc in a new movie).
Here is an official synopsis for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman:
In the epic action-adventure “Snow White and the Huntsman”, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar-winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of “Alice in Wonderland”, producer Sam Mercer (“The Sixth Sense”) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.
While Stewart is looked down upon by many a Twilight hater, Huntsman will provide her an opportunity to portray a far more physically-active and emotionally tenacious character than Bella Swan – and, should her performance be up to scratch, demonstrate to her detractors that it’s actually her Twilight persona (not her acting abilities) that they truly dislike. The rest of the cast for Huntsman reads as by and large solid, especially with regards to the crew of generally-beloved character actors that have been assembled to play the film’s seven dwarfs – including fellows like Nick Frost, Ian McShane, and Bob Hoskins, among others.
Another good sign: the original Huntman script co-penned by relative newcomer Evan Daugherty and Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Jungle Book 2, Tarzan 2) was reworked a bit by Oscar-nominee Hossein Amini – whose recent work, Drive, was mindfully crafted as a true “re-imagining” of a traditional Brothers Grimm fairy tale. So Amini’s involvement with Universal’s Snow White project should help ensure the final product does end up being more on the darkly dramatic side.
Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on June 1st, 2012.