Shortly after Universal’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White and the Huntsman, premiered in theaters, the studio moved forward with a followup that will focus on Chris Hemsworth’s character, The Huntsman. In addition to Hemsworth, Charlize Theron is set to reprise her role as Ravena and Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) is in talks to join as her sister.
As for the band of dwarves that appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman - who provided some of the best moments of the film - it seems very few will return to their roles for The Huntsman.
Deadline is reporting only two of the seven dwarves will appear in The Huntsman, though it’s unclear which of them it will be. Nick Frost (The World’s End), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) won’t be reprising their roles. Frost and Jones did not agree on terms to return and Marsan was never expected to appear due to scheduling conflicts.
The Huntsman was initially described by Universal to follow the characters of Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravena prior to meeting Snow White. However, the current iteration of the script was written by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) when he was still attached to direct, and supposedly Blunt's character will be seeking revenge for the death of her sister. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (visual effects supervisor of Snow White and the Huntsman) is now set to direct though it’s unclear if he will use Darabont’s script.
Since the dwarves are often associated with Snow White, it makes some sense that they will play a smaller role in The Huntsman. However, viewers who enjoyed their interactions in Snow White and the Huntsman are sure to be disappointed that so few are returning since they won’t be able to recapture the chemistry that their characters had together.
As for who may return - if The Huntsman does bring back the actors from Snow White - there are few options left: Ian McShane (Hercules), Ray Winstone (Noah), and Johnny Harris (Monsters: Dark Continent). Bob Hoskins, of course, passed away early last year. However, McShane recently joined Ray Donovan in a guest-starring role that could interfere with appearing in The Hunstman, leaving Winstone and Harris as the likeliest candidates.
Of course, The Huntsman may go in a different direction and cast new actors for the roles. Whether new or returning actors portray the dwarves in the followup, they’ll need good chemistry in order to capture what made the characters shine in Snow White and the Huntsman.
The Huntsman is scheduled to premiere April 22nd, 2016.