Chris Hemsworth is a god. Well, he played one in “Thor”. And to many women, he sure looks like a divine being.
To film studios, he’s looking pretty good as well. Especially after the Marvel pic debuted to a very healthy US$66 million at the box office last weekend. So it’s no surprise that Hemsworth is on the shortlist of every casting director in town. Right now, he’s at the top of the list for the male lead in “Snow White And The Huntsman”. Yes, there is a competing Snow White project to the two already in development: Disney’s “Snow And The Seven” and Relativity Media’s “Snow White”, directed by Tarsem Singh with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.
Universal today announced that their version has been put back on track with the potential casting of the Aussie hunk. The project was previously put on hold when one leading man after another came close to signing only to drop out. First, Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”) was in the running, followed by Viggo Mortenson (“The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy), then names like Hugh Jackman and Joel Edgerton were bandied about without any concrete developments. All these dashing men were to play the Huntsman, a secondary character in the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale but whose role has been pumped up to a protector and mentor for Snow White.
At this point, the other main roles have been confirmed, with Kristen Stewart (“Twilight” saga) playing Snow White, Charlize Theron (“Monster”) as the Evil Queen and Sam Claflin (“Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as the Prince. If Hemsworth does sign on, it’ll make for a pretty photogenic cast.
“Snow White And The Huntsman” is directed by Rupert Sanders and is scheduled for a 21st December 2012 premiere.