SWATH team: Sam Claflin (Prince Charming), Kristen Stewart (Snow White), director Rupert Sanders, Charlize Theron (the Evil Queen), and Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman) at the medieval Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England. The Snow White and the Huntsman world premiere was held earlier this week in London. [The SWATH team photo above has been cropped to fit this column. See full-size picture of the SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN cast and director at Arundel Castle.]
Written by Evan Daugherty (Killing Season), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), and Hossein Amini (Drive), Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1. Also in the SWATH cast are Who Framed Roger Rabbit's Bob Hoskins, The Departed's Ray Winstone, Shrek the Third's Ian McShane, The Hunger Games' Toby Jones, and Vera Drake's Eddie Marsan.
In addition to: The Moth Diaries' Lily Cole, Clash of the Titans' Vincent Regan, 28 Days Later's Noah Huntley, Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost, and The Young Victoria's Rachael Stirling.
The 22-year-old Kristen Stewart, whose Snow White has a lot in common with Joan of Arc (minus the death by fire), has two other movies coming out in 2012:
- Based on Jack Kerouac's novel, Walter Salles' On the Road will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. IFC Films will distributed the road movie in the US sometime this year. In addition to Stewart (as Marylou), On the Road features Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, and Tom Sturridge.
- Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final installment in the Twilight movie series. Kristen Stewart's two Breaking Dawn 2 leading men are Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Besides the twi-trio, the film's cast includes twi-regulars Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Michael Sheen, Julia Jones, Billy Burke, and Dakota Fanning.
Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster), 36, has another 2012 release as well: Ridley Scott's eagerly anticipated horror sci-fier Prometheus. The sort-of Alien prequel features Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, and Rafe Spall.
Chris Hemsworth, 28, currently has two movies out: Drew Goddard's generally well-received horror flick The Cabin in the Woods and Joss Whedon's global blockbuster The Avengers, co-starring Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. Opening later this year is Dan Bradley's Red Dawn remake, in which Hemsworth is featured with Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, and Josh Peck.
Sam Claflin, 25, should next be seen in the Hammer horror drama The Quiet Ones. Claflin had previously supported Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz in Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and had one of the key roles in James Strong's United.
First-time feature-film filmmaker Rupert Sanders may next direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2.
Starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, and Armie Hammer, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, a lighthearted, comic version of the Snow White tale, opened last March. A domestic box office disappointment, Mirror Mirror fared better abroad.
Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders, and Charlize Theron photo: Eamonn McCormack / © 2012 Universal Studios.