Contrary to previous reports, Universal are now rejecting claims that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from the mooted sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The net was awash with stories earlier this week regarding the dumping of the 22-year-old actress from a follow-up to the fairytale blockbuster, with indications that the studio was looking to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman instead. However, Universal co-chair Donna Langley spoke to MTV News yesterday and rubbished the claims, saying “Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”
It had been felt that the recent controversy over Stewart’s affair with Snow‘s director Rupert Sanders might have contributed to the decision. Indeed, more than one notable actor quite rightly criticised the proposed move as sexist -
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- while Jodie Foster wrote an engaging piece on media intrusion in defence of her young Panic Room co-star.
The sequel remains far from a sure thing but it’s encouraging to see Stewart’s involvement. Given her profile and influence – yes, even after her off-screen misadventures – it would be foolhardy to discount the appeal she might have for fans. This is especially considering that, its impressive box office tally notwithstanding, Snow White and the Huntsman was far from a brilliant picture.
In any event, UTG will bring you more news on a potential Snow sequel as it arrives. If you have thoughts on this minor saga, feel free to sound off below.