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Chris Hemsworth, coming off a $65 million dollar opening with his Marvel movie Thor, is in negotiations to star with Kristen Stewart in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
The negotiations with the Australian actor put the big-budget fairy tale adaptation back on track after it had some trouble hunting down its co-star.
Viggo Mortensen was in negotiations for the role in the winter but the on-again and off-again dealmaking never took root. Michael Fassbender was in the running before Mortensen while Hugh Jackman entertained an offer after Mortensen. The studio spend time casting a net, pulling in actors like Joel Edgerton, although nothing ever materialized on that front either.
Hemsworth, who began building buzz for his star-making role in Thor in the weeks before the movie’s release, began talks with Universal last week. The studio entered negotiations today.
This retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale plays up the Huntsman, a secondary character in the centuries-old tale, who now becomes Snow White’s protector and mentor.
The Rupert Sanders-directed project sees Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen and Sam Claflin, who appears in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, as Stewart’s love interest, the prince.
Hunstman is in a race for actors and for bragging rights with the Snow White movie being made by Relativity. The latter is being directed by Tarsem Singh and sees Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Lily Collins as Snow White.
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