Comic-Con 2011: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ will have ‘Lord of the Rings’ scope

July 23, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
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Snow White (Disney) and Kristen Stewart (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” the fairy tale project that begins shooting next week in the United Kingdom with Kristen Stewart as the lead, has some tough hurdles to overcome. It’s competing with another “Snow White” project from Relativity Media that has already begun filming and features Julia Roberts as the evil queen. It’s also set to come out June 1, three months after Relativity’s “Snow White” movie will debut and close to two months before a Comic-Con International audience will be back in Hall H.

What’s a studio to do?

How about recruit fans at Comic-Con 2011 with some stills of the cast in costume, a charming British director with an impressive commercial reel and a crew of good-looking lead actors? That’s what Universal Pictures did Saturday afternoon during a  panel featuring Stewart, evil queen Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman and Sam Claflin (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as the prince.

Producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel were also present to explain their vision for this epic adventure. Patel made it clear that if the Grimm brothers were alive, they would be very proud of the “Snow White” movie that’s about to be made. Roth said he wants the film to be “like ‘Lord of the Rings’ in terms of scope and size.”

snowwhite Comic Con 2011: Snow White and the Huntsman will have Lord of the Rings scope

The studio was also tasked with introducing a new director to the audience. It chose to do so by showing  Rupert Sanders’ commercial work on spots for Halo 3 and the Call of Duty: Black Ops spot featuring Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel.

But the fun of the panel came from the cast, with Theron providing most of the comic relief. Since the cast just met each other recently, moderator Dave Karger from Entertainment Weekly magazine conducted a series of ice-breakers, questions like “What are you like on the set? Do you like to improv?”

“I’m very well-behaved,” said Stewart, who is excited to wear her armor and carry a shield as a Snow White with little resemblance to the Disney princess that sings to the birds. “I take myself very seriously.”

“You’ll be fine, Kristen,” responded Theron, who compared her evil queen to a serial killer, one with a fantastic costume designed by Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood. “I’m an Oscar winner, so I take myself very seriously,” she said with a laugh.

Stewart got into the fun when asked whether she’s like her character. “I’d like to be more like her…. But I am the fairest in the land, and I have a seriously good heart,” she said. Added Hemsworth: “And she really likes apples.”

Sanders also introduced a photo of his eight dwarves — a literal who’s who of the British acting scene: Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Graham. Why there are eight dwarves? “Because there are a few great lines when one of them gets killed,” Sanders said.

One fan asked about the casting challenges Universal had with finding its huntsman, a role Hemsworth took only after a long line of actors, including Viggo Mortensen and Tom Hardy. Said Hemsworth, fresh off his role as superhero Thor: “The teaser was impressive, the script was fantastic. I’m pretty simple. Either I like it or I don’t. This sounded like fun…. Plus there was no one else left.”

— Nicole Sperling


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7 Responses to Comic-Con 2011: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ will have ‘Lord of the Rings’ scope

  1. guest says:

    Joe Roth admitted that Kristen is only known for one role, so it's clear that he hired her because he thinks she'll bring the Twilight audience with her, but he's going to be in for a big surprise. They go to see those films for her co-stars, Rob and Taylor She has a tiny shrill fanbase of teens who want to be her, but they don't support her films outside of Twilight. Her last 3 indies were huge flops.

    The white tree on her shield looks like the white chess piece from the BD book cover–coincidence? I don't think so. She looks more like Lancelot than Snow White in that photo they released, and Charlize doesn't have to worry about who's the fairest of them all. If KStew bites her lip, shakes her head and mumbles all through this movie it will be like every other performance she's ever put on film. Cannot understand this casting, she can't act.

    • guest says:

      "The white tree on her shield looks like the white chess piece from the BD book cover–coincidence?"

      it is not a coincidence but a straightforward metaphor. this chess piece on a shield is white queen, well the evil queen probably will be related to black queen.
      I agree that her portrayal of Bella Swan wasn't really impressive, but then again the actual character is not impressive either

  2. Maritza says:

    I disagree. I Enjoyed K Stewart In "Panic room" ~ "Into The Wild "… "The Runaways" .. to name a few..

    She was very well liked by MANY before Twilight came along. I think A lot of people have let the way they feel about the whole "TWILIGHT phenomenon" taint their judgment of Kristen Stewart's work.

    I think she is a very good actress… i think once the Twilight movies are over and some time has passed people will once again appreciate her her work. She will once again be known not just for her Portrayal of Bella Swan but for the hard work and dedication she puts into her characters…I admit i am one of those who forgot what she brings to he table. I look forward to watching her grow and regain the respect she deserves in the industry.

    I am VERY excited to watch this portrayal of Snow White… GREAT cast so far..

  3. Sick and Tired says:

    Bug up your rear? You all can speculate all you want as to WHY she was hired. So long as the movie brings in throttles of people and they enjoy it., who the hell cares. What's with all these hateful remarks? I liked plenty of the films I saw her in. Panic Room, Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways, Speak. Get over your hate and bite your tongue until you see the movie.

  4. Respect says:

    Kristen may not be another Meryl Streep, but I think you'll respect her after watching her performance in The Cake Eaters (see, e.g.,


  5. Pat says:

    I think Kstew will do a great if not amazing job as snow white, she has shown her great acting skills in many movies , panic room, speak. Welcome to the rilleys , the runaways , you can hate all you want but miss Kristen Stewart is here to stay for years to come. So get used to seen her on screen and if you dong have something nice to say , just save it lol

  6. JimBo says:

    The problem will be that no one will believe the mirror.

    Kristen Stewart vs. Charlize Theron? In the previews, the whole audience laughed at the idea of Stewart being more "fair" than Charlize.

    Hard to suspend that much disbelief.

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