Since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 will arrive in theaters soon (at the time of writing this), it looks like Universal is going to take advantage of the fevered anticipation and hype surrounding star Kristen Stewart to heighten awareness of the actress's next outing on the big screen: the fairy tale retelling, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Huntsman is being designed as a dark and grisly spin on the famous Brothers Grimm story - one that could both kick off a trilogy about its namesakes and stand apart from the other (family-friendly) Snow White movie on the horizon, Mirror Mirror, which is being directed by Tarsem Singh - who is actually better-known for his stylishly macabre and "edgy" film work (see: The Cell, Immortals).
Snow White and the Huntsman is being helmed by video game commercial director Rupert Sanders (Halo 3) and was scripted by the likes of Evan Spiliotopoulos (who penned an early draft of the in-development Wanted 2) and Oscar-nominee Hossein Amini (Drive). So, it's fair to say that a good chunk of the film's creative team know a thing or two about crafting gritter and more violent cinematic fare.
Get an early look at what their take on the original Snow White story - which is often quite dark and disturbing on its own - will be like, by watching the Snow White and the Huntsman teaser trailer, after the synopsis, below:
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) 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) 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.
Now have a look at the latest characters posters from Huntsman in the gallery below:
Overall (early) impression? Twilight 2.0, this clearly is not.
There's a definite period fantasy action-adventure video game-inspired aesthetic to this Huntsman footage, which seems sufficiently different in style than either the Lord of the Rings trilogy or Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. In terms of its unique production design and dramatic atmosphere alone, Huntsman looks to actually stand out amongst the upcoming fairy tale movie crowd.
Hemsworth should do quite well as the Huntsman, who seems like a cross between Rings' Aragorn and Thor (albeit, wielding twin axes instead of a hammer). Hopefully, Stewart will prove her detractors wrong and make for a spirited incarnation of Snow White. Plus, since this trailer makes it clear that Stewart's princess is destined, but is not yet "the fairest in the land," perhaps people will lay off trashing her looks - especially, in comparison to Charlize Theron.
On that note: Theron comes off here as an (appropriately) vicious yet gorgeous villainess - one who could easily be a scene-stealer. That's not to mention, the way her magic mirror melts and reforms to anthropomorphic life in Huntsman is pretty cool too...
Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters around the U.S. on June 1st, 2012.