'Snow White and the Huntsman' Trailer: Kristen Stewart = Joan of Arc

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Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman is one of the (very) few Hollywood movies I'm eager to watch next summer – Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises are the other two that come to mind. Directed by feature-film newcomer Rupert Sanders (formerly a director of commercials) from a screenplay by Killing Season's Evan Daugherty, The Blind Side / The Rookie's John Lee Hancock, and Drive / The Wings of the Dove's Hossein Amini, Snow White and the Huntsman is definitely far, far different from the bowdlerized, sentimentalized Disney fairy-tale we're used to. [See Snow White and the Huntsman trailer #2 below.]

Sanders' film, in fact, probably looks and feels more like the original Snow White, as imagined by some creative (and twisted?) mind in the Europe of the Middle Ages, long before the Brothers Grimm put the story down on paper. One crucial difference, of course, is that this Snow White becomes a warrior along the lines of Joan of Arc. And besides, Snow White and the Huntsman offers touches from Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen, moments that resemble the magical world of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and even bits that reminded me of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time book series.

Needless to say, the trailer is gorgeous. I can't imagine Snow White and the Huntsman not being shortlisted in a variety of categories come next awards season. As in previous teasers, Oscar winner Charlize Theron's Evil Queen gets the most screen time and nearly every line, though in this latest trailer we get to see quite a bit more of Kristen Stewart's Snow White as well. We even get to hear her utter a couple of lines.

Distributed by Universal (unlike Paramount, the studio is truly turning 100 this year), Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1. Also this year, Kristen Stewart co-stars with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley in Walter Salles' On the Road, which will likely be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Later in the year, Stewart will be reunited with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

In addition to Stewart and Theron (Monster, Young Adult, the aforementioned Prometheus), Snow White and the Huntsman features Thor / The Avengers / The Cabin in the Woods' Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Sam Claflin as Prince William, Hugo / The Sweeney's Ray Winstone, Jack the Giant Killer / Sexy Beast's Ian McShane, Mona Lisa / Who Framed Roger Rabbit's Bob Hoskins, and The Hunger Games / Captain America: The First Avenger's Toby Jones.

Also: Sherlock Holmes / Vera Drake's Eddie Marsan, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus / The Moth Diaries' Lily Cole, Clash of the Titans / 300's Vincent Regan, Your Highness / The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's Noah Huntley, Attack the Block / Kinky Boots' Nick Frost, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen / The Young Victoria's Rachael Stirling.

Relativity Media's radically different retelling of the Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror, opens March 30. The comedy-fantasy, which also happens to be a feast for the eye, stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming.

Kristen Stewart / Snow White and the Huntsman photo: Universal Pictures.

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Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman

“She can level you,” Kristen Stewart says about Charlize Theron's performance as the Evil Queen Ravenna in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman (a.k.a. SWATH). “The Queen is Death. She has no heart,” explains Sanders. Stewart's Snow White, however, does. Would that make her a good transplant donor? Not exactly. That heart doesn't want to beat in somebody else's body, as can be attested by the SWATH video promo below.

Sanders elaborated some more on Charlize Theron's incarnation of the Evil Queen while talking to Collider's Christina Radish at WonderCon this weekend:

When you're playing an Evil Queen, you can go into pantomime very quickly. What she did and what's indicative of the film we tried to make is that she grounded that in reality. She found a way of playing this character in a very modern, realistic and gritty way. She's not, “Off with her head!” She's not the Alice in Wonderland kind of queen. It's not that kind of film. She's playing it pretty straight, as a very disturbed character who's desperately got to find this heart because she needs to live forever. It's as simple as that.

Distributed by Universal, Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1. A week after SWATH comes out, Theron, a Best Actress Oscar winner for Patty Jenkins' Monster and most recently seen in Jason Reitman's Young Adult, will be spotted in Ridley Scott's sci-fier/horror drama Prometheus. Kristen Stewart co-stars with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley in Walter Salles' On the Road, which will likely be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Later in the year, Stewart will be reunited (most probably) for the last time (as Bella Swan) with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

In addition to Theron and Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman features Thor / The Avengers' Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Sam Claflin as Prince William, Hugo / The Sweeney's Ray Winstone, Jack the Giant Killer / Sexy Beast's Ian McShane, Mona Lisa / Who Framed Roger Rabbit's Bob Hoskins, and The Hunger Games / Captain America: The First Avenger's Toby Jones.

Also: Sherlock Holmes / War Horse's Eddie Marsan, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus / The Moth Diaries' Lily Cole, Clash of the Titans / 300's Vincent Regan, Your Highness / The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's Noah Huntley, Attack the Block / Kinky Boots' Nick Frost, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen / The Young Victoria's Rachael Stirling.

Relativity Media's “rival” Snow White movie, Mirror Mirror – which is clearly aimed at a quite different crowd – opens March 30. The comedy-fantasy stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming.

Charlize Theron / Snow White and the Huntsman photo: Universal Pictures.

Contrasting with Kristen Stewart's dreamy Snow White movie close-up (see further below), here is a ragged, somewhat older-looking Stewart as Snow White 2012. Things don't look very good for her, surrounded by fog and menacing trees and all that unflattering make-up.

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Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman

Apparently, the above takes place before Snow White is transformed into Joan of Arc, fighting alongside (Thor and The Avengers') Chris Hemsworth – as the Huntsman – against the Evil Queen Charlize Theron. I may have said this before, but I'm much more looking forward to Snow White and the Huntsman than to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Judging by the pictures and the trailers, Rupert Sanders' film looks more adult, more menacing, and more gripping (see link above) than The Hobbit's Hollywoodized fairy-tale. Here's hoping Snow White and the Huntsman is as good as I expect it to be.

Snow White and the Huntsman also features Sam Claflin as Prince William, plus Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Lily Cole, Vincent Regan, Noah Huntley, and Nick Frost. The film opens June 1.

Relativity Media's own retelling of the Snow White fairy tale, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, opens March 30. It stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming.

Also in 2012, Kristen Stewart will likely be seen in Walter Salles' eagerly anticipated On the Road, co-starring Control's Sam Riley, TRON: Legacy's (and possibly Akira's) Garrett Hedlund, Julie & Julia's Amy Adams, Melancholia's Kirsten Dunst, and A Dangerous Method's Viggo Mortensen.

Additionally, moviegoers will get the chance to check out Stewart's new vampire look in the final installment of the Twilight Saga movies, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, and others.

Kristen Stewart/Snow White and the Huntsman pic: Universal Pictures.

Kristen Stewart Glamour photos outtakes Not quite the Bella Swan lookKristen Stewart 'Glamour' outtake photos: Not quite the Bella Swan look.

Kristen Stewart photo shoot outtakes

Outtakes from Kristen Stewart's 2011 photo shoot for Glamour magazine surfaced online a few weeks ago. Apparently, the striking image above is one of them.

Stewart will be just about everywhere in 2012:

  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, opens in November.
  • Walter Salles' On the Road, with Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, will quite possibly (highly likely?) have its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Also in the cast: Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Alice Braga, Tom Sturridge, and Elisabeth Moss.
  • Rupert Sanders' adventure fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Sam Claflin.
Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman MonsterKristen Stewart and monster friend (or foe?) in 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'

Toby Jones on the 'very dark' 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

“People say, ‘Oh, which one are you, Sleepy?'” Snow White and the Huntsman actor Toby Jones laughingly told ifc.com. Seems like if Jones were Sleepy, there'd be a good chance he'd never wake up.

“It's very dark, the film,” he explains. “And we're all kind of killers. So that was great fun. And the actors, the other dwarves, it was a great group of actors. It was really good fun.”

Toby Jones' pals are Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost.

In Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays a warrior-like Snow White, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is the hunter who becomes her ally, and Young Adult actress and Best Actress Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) is the Evil Queen who fears Snow White's Beauty Power. Sam Claflin, for his part, plays the (inevitably) handsome Prince Charming.

Regarding comparisons to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies, Jones said the following about the Rupert Sanders-directed fantasy adventure:

I suppose there's a quest element to it. It's very hard to judge a movie before it's cut, but at the time it [felt] very, very dark and very unlike any other version of Snow White I've ever seen, which is exciting.

Agreed.

Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1 in North America.

 

Monster and Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman image: Universal Pictures.

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Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman

Chris Hemsworth announces that a new Snow White and the Huntsman trailer is coming out soon – Monday. He then offers a “sneak peek” (please scroll down) at what we're about to see. And what we're about to see looks and sounds quite impressive.

Elsewhere on this site, we've posted previews for Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Both are also “fairy-tales” set in a fantasy world resembling Europe during the Middle Ages. Judging by the trailers, as far as I'm concerned Snow White and the Huntsman (a.k.a. SWATH) is the most esthetically appealing of the three. It's also the most intriguing; in other words, the one I'd most like to check out at a movie theater.

The tone is dark – perfectly appropriate for a fantasy tale set in the Dark Ages. The score is both thrilling and evocative. The visual effects are classy, i.e., beautifully accomplished but without making you go Ooh-aah so you forget what's going on around them. And the acting looks first-rate.

Hemsworth's Huntsman and Kristen Stewart's Snow White don't have any lines in the “sneak peek,” but Charlize Theron's Evil Queen sure does. I've never been a fan of Theron's acting (admittedly, I haven't watched Young Adult, yet) – but in the Snow White and the Huntsman previews I've seen, Theron looks and sounds flawless. (Hemsworth and Stewart can be heard in other recently released clips that we'll be posting shortly.)

In addition to Hemsworth, Stewart, and Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman features Sam Claflin as Prince William, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Lily Cole, Vincent Regan, Noah Huntley, and Nick Frost. Distributed by Universal, SWATH opens June 1.

Relativity Media's “rival” version, Mirror Mirror – which is clearly aimed at a quite different crowd – opens March 30. The comedy-fantasy stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming.

Also in 2012, Kristen Stewart will be seen in Walter Salles' On the Road, co-starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen; and in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, and others.

Chris Hemsworth will be seen just about everywhere in 2012. His upcoming movies include Drew Goddard's unconventional horror thriller The Cabin in the Woods; Joss Whedon's The Avengers, with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hiddleston; and Dan Bradley's Red Dawn, with Josh Hutcherson and Isabel Lucas. Currently, Hemsworth is starring in Ron Howard's Rush, with Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde. And within the next year or two, he'll be back as the God of Thunder in the Thor sequel Thor 2.

Charlize Theron, for her part, has only one other movie coming out this year, Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The possible Alien prequel co-stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, Kate Dickie, and Patrick Wilson.

Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman

This Kristen Stewart as Snow White as Joan of Arc photo was released weeks ago. We're finally posting it now that the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer has been released. Stewart is one of the most beautiful actresses around – even without make-up, with or without her Bella Swan wig. As Twilight's Bella, she has been oftentimes fragile and teenager-ish. As Snow White she'll obviously be anything but. That's a good thing.

Joe Roth is one of the producers of both Snow White and the Huntsman and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps it's only a coincidence, but I wonder if Roth's influence is to be felt in both movies, as Mia Wasikowska's Alice also donned armor and took part in battles.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman also features Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Lily Cole, Vincent Regan,Noah Huntley, and Nick Frost. The period adventure-fantasy is slated to open June 1.

Relativity Media's rival version, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer. Mirror Mirror opens March 16.

Kristen Stewart as Snow White picture: Universal Pictures

Snow White and the Huntsman banner'Snow White and the Huntsman' banner featuring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart.

'Snow White and the Huntsman' trailer: Focus on Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart a 'mysterious' heroine

The Snow White and the Huntsman trailer is out. (See below.) It's good-looking, cleverly narrated, and doesn't give you the whole plot of the movie, which is supposed to be part one of a trilogy. That's all good.

The curious thing is that the trailer focuses on a character absent from the film's title: that's the youth-obsessed Evil Queen played by Charlize Theron, sporting a high-class British accent (she inevitably gets to say “Mirror, Mirror…”) and loads of make-up.

Kristen Stewart's Snow White is seen briefly looking befuddled here, trying not to get bumped off there, donning armor elsewhere. Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman at least gets to grunt something or other.

Perhaps that's the point: to keep Stewart's Snow White beautiful and oh-so-mysterious.

'Snow White and the Huntsman' trailer.

Kristen Stewart's first big-budget star vehicle

Rupert Sanders directed Snow White and the Huntsman, which happens to be Kristen Stewart's first big-budget production since becoming a worldwide superstar thanks to the Twilight Saga movies.

In fact, I'm assuming it's no coincidence that the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer is coming out days before the world premiere of Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, also featuring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Both Pattinson and Lautner have already had their own big(ger)-budgeted star vehicles: Water for Elephants and Abduction, respectively. Admittedly, both titles were much more modestly budgeted productions than Stewart's costly period fantasy.

'Snow White and the Huntsman' cast

Also in the Snow White and the Huntsman cast:

Sam Claflin. Ray Winstone. Ian McShane. Bob Hoskins. Toby Jones. Eddie Marsan. Lily Cole. Vincent Regan. Noah Huntley. Nick Frost. Sam Spruell. Johnny Harris. Brian Gleeson.

SWATH is slated to open June 1, '12. Relativity Media's rival version of the Snow White story, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, opens March 16. It stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer.

 

Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman trailer and banner: Universal Pictures

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Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman

Above is a stunning close-up of Kristen Stewart as a warrior Snow White in Rupert Sanders' upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman. Some have remarked that Charlize Theron's Evil Queen would never have been jealous of a little girl like the Bella Swan of the Twilight movies – but this picture proves them dead wrong. In fact, it's easy to see why the Evil Queen's mirror, mirror would find Snow White the most beautiful of them all.

Snow White and the Huntsman, which also stars Thor and The Avengers' Chris Hemsworth as the second half of the title, opens (via Universal) on June 1. Others in the cast are Sam Claflin as Prince William, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Lily Cole, Vincent Regan,Noah Huntley, and Nick Frost.

Relativity Media's “rival” version, Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, opens March 30. It stars Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming. I have “rival” between quotes because anyone who has seen the trailers for both Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman know that those movies are as different as, say, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula.

Also in 2012, Kristen Stewart will likely be seen in Walter Salles' eagerly awaited On the Road, co-starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen; and in the final installment of the Twilight Saga movies, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, and dozens of other vampires and werewolves – plus a scattered few humans.

Kristen Stewart/Snow White movie photo: Universal Pictures.

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  1. D says:

    she looks like a young Eva Green

  2. luacheia99 says:

    As usual…
    You have always insightful thought!

    "The tone is dark — perfectly appropriate for a fantasy tale set in the Dark Ages. The score is both thrilling and evocative. The visual effects are classy, i.e., beautifully accomplished but without making you go Ooh-aah so you forget what's going on around them. And the acting looks first-rate."

    I agree a 100% with you!

    I am also very impressed by the quality of the CGI and that, for instance and by it to serve to the acting and not the inverse…