For some reason tepid box office returns convinced Universal there’s still money to be made off a Snow White And The Huntsman franchise. They just needed to ditch that pesky princess. So like it or not, we’re getting The Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and—possibly—Emily Blunt.
Collider reports Blunt is in negotiations to play The Huntsman’s lead antagonist/sister to Ravenna, the first film’s baddie. Even though Theron’s evil queen bit it in Snow White and the Huntsman, she’s expected to return in flashbacks as Hemsworth’s Huntsman searches for her magic mirror and runs afoul of her mourning, vengeance-seeking sister.
This trio is an enticing beginning one an otherwise groan-inducing sequel. However, The Huntsman lost some momentum as Shawshank Redemption and Walking Dead director Frank Darabont has pulled out, citing that old chestnut “creative differences.”
So The Huntsman might soon have another stellar female star. And not only would it be great to see Blunt in action mode again (rent Edge of Tomorrow or Live. Die. Repeat. or whatever they’re calling it now to see her be Sigourney Weaver-level badass), but also she’s sure to have some scene-chewing funny playing a villain. But—big but here—a blah director is a major part of the reason the first film was such a dull, dumb dud. So here’s hoping that in Universal’s search to replace the helmer who’d been on board since script development, the studio manages to find a director with vision, and not just another one with special effects experience but little panache.