Even though Kristen Stewart is locked to play Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, it was announced yesterday that talks between Universal Pictures and Viggo Mortensen, who was gearing up to play the Huntsman, are breaking down. It isn't clear if the studio will recast, or if they will continue to pursue Viggo Mortensen at this point.
Relativity Media is having better luck, as they have just confirmed The Social Network's breakout star Armie Hammer to play their prince, with Saoirse Ronan in talks to play Snow White. This may have been why the young actress has been apprehensive about confirming her rumored role as Itaril in The Hobbit, as there may be a scheduling conflict between the two movies. Julia Roberts was confirmed in early February for the role of the Evil Queen.
Not only does The Brothers Grimm: Snow White have a head start on casting at this point, the movie is also going to beat Snow White and the Huntsman into production with a release date set for June 29th, 2012. Kristen Stewart won't team up with her unconfirmed Huntsman onscreen until December of 2012. Let's hope that six-month window is enough rest away from the Snow White mythos to generate some enthusiasm for the later project. Snow and the Seven, Walt Disney's jump into this weary territory, won't hit theaters until the summer of 2013. It is a revisionist take that sees Snow White teaming up with seven samurai in an adventure that is more Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon than it is Brothers Grimm.
Tarsem Singh is directing The Brothers Grimm: Snow White from a script by Melisa Wallack. Here is the official PR:
Relativity Media has closed a deal with The Social Network breakthrough star Armie Hammer to play Prince Andrew Alcott in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, based on the Brothers Grimm story, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).
Hammer joins Oscar-winner Julia Roberts who was previously announced in the role of the Queen. Pre-production has begun, and principal photography will start in May. The theatrical release date is set for June 29, 2012.
Relativity's Snow White a retelling of one of the most beloved fables of all-time, will eschew the traditional story in favor of a more modern tale full of comedy and adventure. After her evil stepmother kills her father and destroys the kingdom, Snow White bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim what is rightly hers..
The film's producers are Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Bernie Goldmann (300) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). The script was written by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason D. Keller (Machine Gun Preacher)
Relativity currently has box office hit Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar-winner Robert De Niro, in theatres. The studio recently had Golden Globe-winner and seven-time Oscar-nominee The Fighter in theatrical release, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as well as Golden Globe-winner and eight-time Oscar-nominee The Social Network via its partnership with Sony Pictures. Looking ahead, Relativity has David R. Ellis' Shark Night 3D releasing on September 2nd, 2011 and the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11th, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Armie Hammer is currently filming Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. He is represented by WME and attorney Harris Hartman who negotiated the deal with Relativity on his behalf.
Snow White and the Huntsman was released June 1st, 2012 and stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders.
Mirror Mirror was released March 30th, 2012 and stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Danny Woodburn. The film is directed by Tarsem Singh.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.