Though it was overshadowed by behind-the-scenes shenanigans between lead actress Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) and director Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman did quite well at the box office this summer. Despite the gossip-page turbulence caused by its principals, plans for a sequel were quickly put in motion.
Reports have clashed as to whether Kristen Stewart would be returning for Snow White and the Huntsman 2. Early rumors indicated that the sequel would press on without her, instead focusing on Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) as The Huntsman. However, a recent interview with Stewart seems to confirm that she is all but locked into reprising her role as a martially-inclined Snow White.
In an interview with IndieWire, Kristen Stewart has more or less confirmed her enthusiastic involvement with the planned sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. When asked where the story could take her character after the end of the first film, Stewart responds, "Oh, it’s gonna be f---ing amazing. No, I’m so excited about it, it’s crazy."
After a follow-up question for details, Stewart replies:
"I’m not allowed. The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, 'Whoa, stop talking about it.' So no, I’m totally not allowed to talk about it."
This and other responses strongly indicate that Kristen Stewart is in for the long haul with Snow White and the Huntsman 2. While previous reports have hinted that her return was probable, this is the first time we have heard about her interest straight from the actress herself.
While this is great news for fans of Stewart and those who loved her performance in the original Snow White and the Huntsman, it does dull the sense that the sequel will strike out in a new and exciting direction. Of the titular pair, Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman made for more interesting scenes and a much heartier screen presence. Hemsworth's work was not exactly spectacular (nor was Stewart's terrible), but the idea that the story would follow him on into other fairy tale domains was at least novel.
Now that Stewart's Snow White is along for the ride, it's uncertain whether the film will continue a story that was pretty well wrapped-up at the end of the first movie. One can only hope that the sequel will not supply Stewart with another dramatic pre-battle speech to stumble over.
For the moment, Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has no official release date.