Disney’s original live action movies like ‘Tomorrowland‘ haven’t been doing well, so the studio is focusing on adaptations of its existing catalogue and the first such success was ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ in 2012. The movie was a financial success despite uneven critical reception and paved the way for ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Cinderella’ as well as the upcoming ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty & The Beast’.
Director Rupert Sanders is out along with the actress that broke up his marriage Kristen Stewart. (Yep, went there.) For the sequel, ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’,the special effects supervisor from he first movie, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan takes over directing duties and Chris Hemsworth continues his streak of playing opposite powerful women (as he did in ‘Ghostbusters’) as Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt join the action, with Blunt arriving on the back of a polar bear because of course she does. And going in the complete opposite direction of her grungy, post-apocalyptic role as Furiosa in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, Charlie Theron returns as Queen Ravenna who appears to be starring in a two hour version of one of her glamorous Dior ads (and giving new meaning to he expression ‘Slay, Queen!’).
Despite being somewhat inspired by the ‘Snow White’ fairy tale, the new trailer for ‘The Huntsman’ appears to draw from another of Disney’s animated blockbusters, Blunt stars as Freya the icy-powered Snow Queen the chilly sister of Ravenna.
Watch for yourself below, although warning: no rock trolls. Sorry!
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen — including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain) — only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable… unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
Ironically, this frost fest will arrive in theaters just in time for the spring thaw, on Aprl 22nd of next year.
Are you ready to Let ‘Snow White’ Go? Or does this movie look like ‘A Bit Of A Fixer-Upper’?