Cheers erupted when the attractive cast strutted onto stage, including Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart. The film hasn’t even begun shooting yet, so Sanders and Roth depended heavily on concept art with the actors in costume to create buzz about the film’s prospects. A low budget (by Hollywood standards) test short film directed by Sanders also showed his tonal intent with the material, which looks like an impressionist cross between the visual styles of Zach Snyder and Tarsem Singh. Sanders confirmed his desire for a moody approach by saying, “It’s not going to be a little girl sitting by a well with tweety birds.”
Luckily, the panel saved the best for last. One of the final images shown was of the “eight dwarfs” lined up in battle garb, an impressive group played by the likes of Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, and Nick Frost just to name a few. “This is my version of a British SAS squad,” Sanders hilariously mused, rousing the crowd one last time before departing the stage. We should all get ready for some revisionist fairytale mythology to be released in summer 2012..."
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