Kristen Stewart’s involvement in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman has been widely debated since news broke that the star was dropped from the franchise weeks after Stewart’s affair with director Rupert Sanders became public. Although a source from Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the film, is denying the original report from The Hollywood Reporter about Kristen’s firing, it’s believed that the sequel will not in fact focus on Stewart’s Snow White role, but instead act as a spin-off for Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.
This shift of focus makes Kristen Stewart’s Snow White inconsequential to the series. Despite everything that’s been said about the film, and the future of the series now that the media blitz has rained down on Rupert Sanders and Kristen Stewart, sources say it’s still unclear if director Rupert Sanders will sign on to direct the sequel, or if he’ll even be asked to stay on board.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter David Koepp of Snow White and the Huntsman was hired two months ago to continue with a sequel, which has been scrapped because of Stewart’s infidelities. The original plan for the franchise was to finish up Snow White’s journey and end the third installment of the franchise with a spin-off for the Huntsman, much like what was done for the X-Men series and Wolverine.
The Huntsman sequel solidifies that Chris Hemsworth will definitely be involved in the sequel, but the appearance of other stars such as Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, who were all contractually obliged, before Stewart was dumped by the studio, is still very much up in the air.