Ending previous speculation, Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson has today confirmed that Kristen Stewart will reprise her role in the first sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman.
During the studio’s panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Fogelson revealed that sequels, plural, are planned, with the first slated for 2015.
Speculation about the future of Snow White and The Huntsman — a worldwide hit with $396,592,829 box office — avalanched after Stewart’s admission of a tryst with the film’s married director, Rupert Sanders, while she was still in a relationship with (present) partner Robert Pattinson.
A premature report claiming Stewart had been dropped from the Snow White sequel surfaced in the Hollywood Reporter last August but was refuted by the studio in a statement carried in the Los Angeles Times.
A visibly excited Stewart confirmed her inclusion in the sequel — which, lets face it, can’t have been in danger, given the movie’s premise — to Indiewire in December. Understandably, the actress kept the details close to her chest, saying:
“I’m not allowed [to talk about the sequel]. The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, ‘Whoa, stop talking about it.’ So no, I’m totally not allowed to talk about it.”
But, she did add: “Oh, it’s gonna be f***ing amazing. No, I’m so excited about it, it’s crazy!”
Crucially, Sanders won’t be returning to the set, which will bring a new feel and a fresh slate to a very viable franchise.
It was previously reported that Chris Hemsworth will play a larger role in the sequel, but nothing concrete has been announced. As for Charlize Theron, who played Queen Ravenna and died in the first Snow White, unless a prequel is in the works, it’s unlikely she will return.
As yet, no title has been revealed for the sequel. So, for the moment, lets leave it as this: Snow White And The Huntsman 2 and Kristen Stewart, cometh.