Briefly: It’s time to stand up and start a slow golf clap for Universal, director Rupert Sanders, and the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman. In the past 36 hours they’ve locked up a collection of British actors to rival Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for pure ‘holy shit’ entertainment value on the big screen. All are being cast in the roles of dwarfs, who in the film are named after famous Roman figures. The latest to sign on is Ray Winstone, who nearly completes the list.
So, the quick recap of the actors and their roles, with a bit of new clarification: Ian McShane is Caesar, the eldest. Stephen Graham is Nero, the angry one. Eddie Izzard is Tiberius, the biggest and burliest. Bob Hoskins is the blind Constantine. Toby Jones is the timid Claudius. And Ray Winstone and Eddie Marsan are the twins Trajan and Hadrian.
And while THR says that Ray Winstone completes the casting, drafts of the script I’ve seen also feature the young dwarf Gus, and we don’t yet have an actor for him. Shooting is set to start in August, and the film will be released on June 1, 2012.
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I am becoming slightly conflicted about Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which is moving forward with Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Sam Claflin as her Prince and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.
I’m conflicted because there are eight dwarf roles in the film, and it would be rather nice to see them filled out by little people. But the producers and director Rupert Sanders are choosing instead to follow some of Peter Jackson’s methods, and use established character actors of average adult size. But when that cast includes Ian McShane, cast last night, and now Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones, it is pretty damn difficult to argue with the choices. Read More »
One of the things that sets Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman slightly apart from some of the other new takes on Snow White is the way it incorporates the dwarfs. In this version there are eight dwarfs, each of which is named after a Roman ruler.
Now the first of those characters has been cast: Caesar, the oldest of the eight, and an enemy to the Queen and old friend to Eric, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). We’ve known that actors would be made to look small via on-set tricks and post-production effects. The first guy you can start imagining reduced to a few feet tall is Ian McShane. Read More »
Universal just can’t get someone to commit to play the male title role in Snow White and the Huntsman. The latest name to float to the top of the casting cauldron is Chris Hemsworth, who everyone will soon know as Thor. He’s truly good in that film — a great screen hero with charisma and physical presence to spare — but would be a lot younger than the Snow White role as it was originally written. What will that do to Universal’s film? Read More »
There are two significant anti-casting updates today. The smaller one is that Amy Adams won’t be in Adam Shankman‘s film version of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages. She got the offer to play a music journalist who plans a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) before falling for him. But she shrugged and essentially said, “thanks, but I’m already playing this other reporter, Lois Lane. You may have heard of her.” Too bad, because she would have been a fun addition to the weird cast that is coming together for Rock of Ages. [Deadline]
After the break, Hugh Jackman passes on Snow White and the Huntsman; will Universal’s Snow White movie soon falter without a male lead? Read More »
Briefly: Universal and Rupert Sanders appear to be one step closer to choosing their new Snow White. Mr. Sanders is close to directing Snow White and the Hunstman, based on a script by Evan Dougherty, with Viggo Mortensen looking as if he’s basically set to be the Hunstman, and Charlize Theron looking more and more like a lock for the wicked queen that tasks the Hunstman with killing Snow White.
Deadline first linked Kristen Stewart to the role of Snow White a week ago, but saying the actress ‘looms large’ as the favorite is a different thing from THR’s report that Universal has put an offer out to the girl to star in the film. The site says the deal isn’t done, but that “both sides want it to happen.”
So last night we got what seems to be the first really reliable word on the casting of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to play the Huntsman. With Charlize Theron also in talks (to play the wicked queen) that leaves a couple major roles wide open. The pivotal one, obviously, is Snow White. The latest actresses mentioned in conjunction with the role are Kristen Stewart and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, A Series of Unfortunate Events). Read More »
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Well, there you go. We were just talking about Viggo Mortensen with respect to The Dark Tower. He and Javier Bardem have been rumored as the top choices for the lead role in that massive project, and the offer just went out to Mr. Bardem to star. But Mr. Mortensen isn’t going home empty handed, as he’s in talks for one of the two title roles in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. (Hint: he wouldn’t be Snow White.) Read More »