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Universal Pictures released a new trailer and extended preview for their upcoming, dark retelling of the classic Grimm fairytale Snow White earlier this week. Sprung from the mind of innovative commercial director Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman has faced comparisons to Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror for the past several months. The release of the Disney film along with the footage from Sanders’ offering has made it clear that these are two very different films.
The trailer and preview answered many concerns that fans had about both the casting and tone of Snow White and the Huntsman. We had the opportunity to sit down with Sanders in a small roundtable discussion at WonderCon this weekend to discuss his aesthetic approach to the story as well as the backstory for the characters in the film.
Outside of the magic mirror, how much do you play with the magical elements of the tale?
RS: "There’s quite a lot. There’s a great sequence in the dark forest, which is really a forest that plays on the mind. Snow White runs in and she falls into a patch of spore-like puffball mushrooms that are hallucinogenic. She falls into that and instantly the trip starts to take her and she’s like trying to run away but then the whole forest starts to turn in on her. To me, as a hallucinator, when you do watch Snow White and that forest scene, they’re very hallucinogenic and I think we really tried to actually say that the forest is dangerous because it’ll play with your mind.
The first five minutes in the forest is quite a mental acid trip but designed to kind of protect itself. The forest protects itself. There’s a lot of magical realism in there, there’s a lot of great symbolism in the enchanted forest. We created a world that was protected by the dark forest where the Evil Queen’s poison hasn’t reached and that’s where the magical fairy tale exists, where there’s still fairies and strange creatures. So it’s a very rich journey, you go into so many different worlds and see so many different things and hopefully every scene you go to there’s a new discovery of something else that is happening.”
Can you talk a bit about casting Charlize Theron as the Queen and also just exactly how evil is she?
RS: “When you’re playing an Evil Queen you can go into pantomime very quickly. I think what she did so well and what really we all felt was the best kind of root for the character was that she wasn’t playing pure evil. I don’t think anyone’s born pure evil. Things happen to them growing up that make them who they are and I think that’s very true with her backstory that you see later in the film. She’s a very disturbed character who’s desperately got to find this heart because she needs to live forever. It’s as simple as that. She’s dead on the inside but she’s determined that she will avenge her family and the tribe that she was with that was constantly brutalized by kings and other kingdoms. She’s determined that the world will feel the suffering that she felt and she will stop at nothing to do that. She’s driven by some dark machinations but she’s also incredibly wounded and fragile underneath that. You can relate to her, because we understand the things she’s gone through and why she’s become evil. She’s not just sitting around with a white cat on her lap and hacking people’s heads off. Her evil comes because of how distorted the character has become. So she plays it very real and I think that’s really the success of the character. She’s incredible to watch.”
People were very skeptical when Kristen Stewart was initially cast in this film. But now seeing the trailer and all the footage, you really get why she’s perfect casting.
RS: “Yeah, I think we were looking for someone who was obviously a great actor first and foremost but also someone who’s incredibly physical. Everyone thinks she is Bella from Twilight. I think she’s such a good actor that she encompassed that role so well that people think that’s how she is. When you meet Kristen, she’s so far away from that character. I’d first seen her in ‘Into the Wild’ and I was really blown away. I remembered that she was the girl from ‘Panic Room,’ ‘Welcome to the Rileys,’ ‘The Runaways,’ and now ‘On the Road.’ She’s one those actors who does these smaller films and then she does these big movies and she’s really managed her career so well in that way. She’s incredibly spirited and very kind of wild and also she’s got this kind of this alchemy to her. You’re not quite sure what it is about her but on screen she’s just incredible. And when you see her act you
realize why she is such a huge movie star and why she’s going to continue to get bigger.”
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SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN - In Theaters June 1, 2012
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Synopsis:
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.
Release date: June 1, 2012
Genre: Epic action-adventure
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Writers: Evan Daugherty, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Hossein Amini, John Lee Hancock, Jez Butterworth
Produced by: Joe Roth, Sam Mercer
Executive Producers: Gloria Borders, Palak Patel
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN:
Official Site: www.snowwhiteandthehuntsman.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/snowwhite - Hashtag: #SWATH
For those already worrying about how they will cope without Downton Abbey in the New Year, ITV has come up with a £10million answer.
The broadcaster has enlisted Downton creator Julian Fellowes to make another epic drama series – this time retelling the story of the Titanic.
The four-part show, called simply Titanic, will mark 100 years since the ship sank after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York.
It is already being described as ‘Downton on sea’ as it follows the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s tried and tested formula of interweaving the lives of the upper and lower classes.
The show will feature 90 actors including Sophie Winkleman, Timothy West, Toby Jones and Downton star Maria Doyle Kennedy.
The cast also includes Perdita Weeks, best known for her role as Mary Boleyn in The Tudors, and little-known Canadian actor Noah Reid.
Fellowes has said that the show will be very different from the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, insisting his drama will be the most comprehensive view yet of life aboard the doomed vessel, on which 1,500 died.
A two-minute trailer for the show will go out on ITV this Christmas Day - just after the Downton Abbey Christmas special is aired, giving fans a double treat.
Read more at the Daily Mail
"THE AVENGERS," May 4, 2012 -- With Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and many more, this may easily be the most epic comic book movie ever made. Just watch the trailer and tell us you don't agree.
"SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN," June 1, 2012 -- The second of the Snow White films to hit theaters next year, this action-based retelling of the classic tale stars Kristen Stewart as the title character. Chris Hemsworth joins as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron is deliciously evil as the Queen.
"PROMETHEUS," June 8, 2012 -- Director Ridley Scott returns to his "Alien" roots with this creepy sci-fi movie starring Charlize Theron, Noomie Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce. Bring on the aliens!
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You just finished filming another movie. Tell me about your experience on Snow White and the Huntsman — or, as the fans call it, SWATH.
SWATH! It was great.
I saw a picture of you and your fellow dwarfs in your dwarf gear and your dwarf hair.
Yeah, they shaved me bald every day just to put hair on me, which was weird. It was like, well, I had hair anyway, and you shaved it all off… to then put a wig on.
You’re in great company with the other seven dwarfs. What was that cast like?
It was fantastic! I got to hang out with Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Johnny Harris, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, for God’s sake. I got to just sit around and listen to those guys tell stories.
I like the idea of Kristen Stewart, of all people, sitting in the middle of that group of men — and also the colliding of worlds, your universe and fan base overlapping with Twilight.
Exactly! I was sitting next to Bob Hoskins and Bella Swan!
Please tell me you and Bob Hoskins and Kristen Stewart talked Twilight on set.
Not really. I think she’d be pretty sick to the bloody back teeth of listening about Twilight. On set she’s another actress, and a lot of the time actors just talk about nothing. Talk about shit, they just chew the fat. That’s what you do!
And did you sign on for multiple SWATH films as well?
Three, yeah. We’ll see where it goes. We were talking about it on set the other day, where it would start and what it would be. We’ll have to see how well it does, I guess. But I think we’d all love to do another one. We had a real laugh every day.