Rumors about Emily joining ‘The Huntsman’ spinoff have been circulating for weeks now. As we reported back in January Emily was eying the villain role but various media outlets are now reporting Emily’s deal finally closed. Jessica Chastain also joined the cast.
Jessica Chastain has closed a deal to join Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in Universal’s “The Huntsman.”
Emily Blunt is also set to join the cast. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing the pic, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing.
Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how the fates of two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Details on Chastain’s character are also vague.
Frank Darabont, who was previously attached to direct before falling off, wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The pic is set to bow on April 22, 2016. Universal’s vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.
Emily and her husband John Krasinski attended the Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood Barneys New York & OXFAM Benefit. Pictures have been added in our gallery:
Emily is featured on the March 2015 Issue of Vanity Fair in the “Hollywood Portfolio British Edition” feature.
Possible new project for Emily!
Production is going to be starting soon on Universal Pictures’ Untitled Snow White and the Huntsman spinoff, although the project is now in need of a director. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) is no longer attached to helm. Things are looking up on the casting side of things, however, as the outlet reports that Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Looper) is eyeing a role as the film’s villain.
Chris Hemsworth will headline the film with Charlize Theron expected to reprise her role as Ravenna in a story that aims to expand the fantastical world of director Rupert Sanders’ 2012 global hit, revealing how the fates of the Huntsman, Eric, and Ravenna intersected before they met Snow White. Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, however, is said to not be a part of the story.
Blunt starred last year in Edge of Tomorrow opposite Tom Cruise and is in theaters now as part of the ensemble Broadway musical adaptation Into the Woods. She can be seen coming up in Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners, Enemy) Sicario opposite Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
A new director is expected to be announced shortly and you can expect additional casting to be trickling in as well as the film is still targeting its April 22, 2016 release date. It is currently the only major release scheduled for that weekend.