May 02, 2013 | 6:44 p.m.
Lily Collins is about to add a new leading role to her résumé: The “Mirror Mirror” actress is in negotiations to star for director Burr Steers in the long-delayed big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s genre-defining literary mash-up, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Released in 2009, the book became a monster success, with its brilliant blending of Jane Austen’s classic romance and classic horror tropes, recasting fiercely independent protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as a budding zombie slayer in an England that’s been overrun by a plague of “dreadfuls.” The novel set off a wave of similar projects, even spawning a prequel and sequel from publisher Quirk Books. But making it into a film proved to be a complicated proposition. Such directors as David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie boarded, then exited, the project; a number of actresses, including Natalie Portman […]
May 31, 2012 | 5:21 p.m.
As of Friday, Chris Hemsworth will be on screen playing a fairy-tale character (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) and a larger-than-life demigod (Thor in “The Avengers”). Both roles are rooted in fantasy and science-fiction, but the Australia-born star said his goal as an actor was to find real-world truthfulness in the characters. Hero Complex sat down with Hemsworth, 28, to talk about his new movies, the directors he’s worked with and what’s next for him. HC: What did you learn from “The Avengers” and “Thor” that you were able to bring to “Snow White and the Huntsman”? CH: I remember years ago, an acting teacher said to me, “Vulnerability is such a great asset on screen.” And I think in life, too. Vulnerability, it’s the heart of the truth of who we are. The vulnerability of you doubting something, it’s usually […]
March 22, 2012 | 1:05 p.m.
Snow White has undergone many makeovers since her Brothers Grimm incarnation in 1812, and none persists in the American imagination of today more than Walt Disney’s warbling beauty. But “Snow White and the Huntsman” gives the raven-haired princess a treatment far bleaker than the current rival versions in “Mirror Mirror” and “Once Upon A Time.” A five-minute trailer, which aired Saturday at WonderCon, teases a dark epic in which Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, who play the film’s title characters, and a band of dwarfs lead a battle against Charlize Theron’s evil queen. It’s a bold feature film debut for director Rupert Sanders, whose previous work is primarily commercial. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark caught up with Sanders to talk about the film’s magic, mythology and star power. NC: We see such a bleak world in the new trailer for […]
July 23, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
“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 […]