First Look: Snow White and The Huntsman
When most people think of Snow White, they think of the happy, colorful movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from Walt Disney. What people forget is that Snow White is one of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales and is much darker than what the 1937 cartoon depicted.
“Snow White and The Huntsman” (SWATH), the new film from Universal, is taking Snow White to the darker level that the Grimm Brother’s wrote it to be.
The characters and basic story that we all grew up with are the same, the evil Queen (played by Oscar winner Charlize Theron) is jealous of her step-daughter Snow White (Twilight Saga actress Kristen Stewart) who is the fairest in the land and the handsome Prince (Sam Claflin) falls in love with the princess.
Where the story differs from the Disney version is instead of just trying to drown Snow White, the Evil Queen needs to kill her and consume her beating heart in order to retain her beauty. When the Princess escapes, the Queen dispatches The Huntsman (missing entirely from the Disney version) to find her and bring back her heart.
SWATH takes the story to a new level by having Snow White not only escape the Queen and prevent her death from the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) but also become a sword wielding, army leading heroine who (with help of the Huntsman and the eight dwarfs) trains to kill the evil Queen and reclaim her crown.
“Snow White and The Huntsman” is directed by newcomer Rupert Sanders and is produced by the same team who brought us Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. SWATH hits theaters on June 1 and is rated PG-13.
Get your first look at SWATH in the clips and photos below.