The Huntsman casts a Snow Queen, loses a director

Snow White And The Huntsman sequel lines up a new star but it needs a new director

Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement
Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement

The sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman, which is just called The Huntsman, looks like it’s made an exciting casting decision even as it loses its director.

The Wrap reports that Frank Darabont has left the project over the perennially difficult “creative differences.” Universal is reportedly looking for a new director this week.

On the plus side, it looks like Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be joined by the most excellent Emily Blunt, who is in negotiations to play the Snow Queen. The follow-up focuses on Hemsworth’s character, sending “the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic mirror (which has been stolen), forcing him to face not only his past but the evil Snow Queen who’s set on avenging her sister Ravenna’s death.”

The prospect of Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt trying to out-evil Queen each other is hugely exciting; hopefully a new director gets lined up soon, and the end result is better than the film that preceded it.

The Huntsman is set for a UK cinema release on 22 June 2016. Keep up with the latest fantasy news with the new issue of SciFiNow.