Kristen Stewart was floated today as the possible star in a third sequel to her 2012 movie “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Co-star Chris Hemsworth made the suggestion, but so many factors weigh against her return it’s almost a sure bet that it won’t happen.
If Stewart had any chance of reprising her role, it would have been in the follow-up sequel.
In fact, the first movie ended with the perfect set-up for her return. But the film that will debut next month will have all the main characters back except her.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” is actually written as a prequel to get around the absence of Snow White. Hemsworth and Charlize Theron return as the huntsman and wicked queen respectively.
Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain were added to the film to pick up the slack left by Stewart’s departure. They dazzle in the film.
Stewart’s character, on the other hand, was plodding and flat. She was savaged by critics for failing to show virtually any emotional range beyond her sullen “Twilight” character Bella Swan.
The script didn’t help much. She barely had any dialogue. Theron stole the movie as Queen Ravenna.
“Is this classic miscasting. Kristen Stewart? The fairest one of all? In a pure, who’s hot and who’s not contest, Charlize Theron — wicked queen or not — wins in a slam dunk,” wrote Gary Wolcott of the Tri-City Herald.
Beyond that, Stewart screwed beyond all hell her chances for a sequel because of her affair with “Snow White” Director Rupert Sanders.
The film was released in June. One month into its run, Stewart’s cheating scandal exploded in the worst possible way–blazing tabloid headlines.
It stunned everyone: fans, cuckolded boyfriend Robert Pattinson, Sander’s wife Liberty Ross and most of all studio executives. If they didn’t have a morals clause in her contract, they probably wish they had.
The film was ultimately a moderate success. It grossed $396.6 million worldwide against production costs estimated at $170 million, according to boxofficemojo.com
More significantly, 60 percent of the gross came from overseas. The movie fell flat in the United States. There’s no question Stewart’s scandal put the film in jeopardy and probably curtailed box office receipts by millions of dollars.
Hollywood studios are desperate for film franchises anchored by bankable stars. They not only sustain several sequels to justify high production costs but also produce a reliable income stream in a high-risk and often low-reward business.
Coming off the success of the “Twilight” series, Stewart had all the makings of a big-budget star. Think Jennifer Lawrence (“Hunger Games”), Shailene Woodley (“Divergent”) and Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”).
There’s no question studio executives were counting on her to by the romantic lead in several “Snow White” films.
Imagine their reaction when the scandal broke. Then ask yourself whether you would be willing to reprise her in a role so indelibly linked to her infidelity.
Right… when hell freezes over.
Hemsworth was nothing, if not a diplomat and gentleman, when the question came up. Check out his remarks below. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie news.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” hits theaters on April 22.