‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Trailer Teases Icy World Of Magic, Monsters, And Forbidden Love [Watch]

Universal has released the first full trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which finds Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner Charlize Theron reprising their roles as hero Huntsman and the evil queen in the epic Snow White action-adventure, which is the follow-up to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Check out the trailer below.

Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the fantasy finds Emily Blunt’s Ice Queen Freya resurrect Queen Ravenna (Theron), who just so happens to be her sister. The two join forces and combine their power to control a kingdom through terror and fear. Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain’s huntsmen lead the color band of seven dwarves in a daring battle against the evil queens. As previously reported, Kristen Stewart did not reprise her role as the fairy tale princess turned warrior. Many speculate that the decision not to bring her back was due to her affair with director Rupert Sander during the first film’s production.

According to a plot summary, long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thwarted by Snow White, she watched her sister Freya (Blunt) suffer a heartbreaking betrayal and flee their kingdom. Freya spends decades in a remote wintry palace — a la Elsa in Frozen — out of fear that she might use her “freeze” ability against any enemy. She rules over a legion of deadly huntsmen — including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain) — only to be betrayed once more when they fall in love, breaking her one rule: harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise by Snow White’s sword, she seeks to claim her magic mirror, only to discover that Ravenna can be resurrected. The wicked sisters threaten the enchanted land with “twice the darkest force it’s ever seen…. unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.”

As THR notes, The Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer teases a dark-fantastical world of monsters and magic, and the forbidden romance between Eric and Sara. The film will also explore how the fates of Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are “deeply and dangerously intertwined.”

Earlier this year, Blunt spoke about her role to EW, expressing her excitement about working with “amazing people like Charlize.”

“I’m excited about working with all those amazing people, like Charlize [Theron] and Chris [Hemsworth] and Jessica Chastain. I think the script is wonderful, and I think the costumes are going to be insane. I’m so excited about that. Other than Into the Woods, I haven’t really done a big fantasy. I am really ready to play a villain. I’m ready to do that.”

Emily explained that while she may have played an “evil” character in Devil Wears Prada, she has never played a villain, so she was eager to immerse herself in her Winter’s War role.

“I haven’t really done it before. People say I was a villain in Devil Wears Prada. I don’t really see it that way. She was pretty horrific, but I don’t know if she was quite evil,” she said.

Charlize announced her Huntsman return on Twitter earlier this week, with her and Chastain both sharing their character’s posters, and Chastain declaring, “Getting my Warrior on.”

Snow White and the Huntsman took in just under $400 million in global box office sales — against a reported budget of $170 million. Only time will tell how the audience will respond to the makers’ decision to ditch Snow White in the sequel and focus on Hemsworth — which female fans of the franchise may not mind so much.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War arrives in theaters April 22, 2016.

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