The new film will be fashioned as a prequel focusing on the relationship between Hemsworth’s character and the wicked queen Ravenna.
The action takes place before either met Snow White, in all likelihood eliminating Stewart’s character from the movie. So far there has been no official confirmation that she’s out.
Stewart played a featured character in the original movie, which grossed $396.5 million worldwide, a respectable figure, but far short of blockbuster territory. In contrast, Stewart’s last “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” grossed $892 million worldwide.
The movie was generally panned by critics and received only a 48 percent rating on rottentomatoes.com, which tracks movie reviews. It did only marginally better among theatergoers. They gave it a 52 percent rating, still considered “rotten.”
Universal’s Official Announcement
The fantastical world of 2012’s global hit, Snow White and the Huntsman, expands to reveal how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in a new epic action-adventure, “The Huntsman.” Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) directs and wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale from the legendary saga.
Stewart’s performance was credible, but she was undeniably overpowered on-screen by both Hemsworth and Theron, whose portrayal of Ravenna stole the movie.
“Stewart moves through the picture looking noble and sadly dull, unwittingly setting the stage for the evil queen to steal her show,” wrote Stephanie Zacharek, of Movieline, reflecting the consensus on her acting.
Then came the affair.
Stewart was caught up in a cheating scandal with “Snow White” Director Rupert Sanders in July 2012 after shooting in Britain had wrapped. A month later the first reports surfaced that both would be out of the sequel.
Later reports claimed Stewart would be in the follow-up film.
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile”) will direct the picture, replacing Sanders.
“The Huntsman” will hit theaters in 2016.
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