Kristen Stewart gets closer to becoming Snow White
Imagine Kristen Stewart -- the conflicted, angst-ridden Bella Swan from the "Twilight" movies -- as Snow White. Now get used to that idea because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like it's going to happen.
The industry publication reports that Universal -- the studio behind "Snow White and the Huntsman," one of three high-profile Snow White projects currently floating around Hollywood -- has offered Stewart the role, following on rumors that the actress had emerged as the front-runner for the part. Negotiations are still in progress, but it's appears likelier that Stewart may be biting into a poison apple very soon.
At first blush, this seems like an odd choice. One envisions Stewart as a Snow White who runs her fingers through her hair constantly, anxiously biting her lower lip because the prince simply isn't coming. And the woodland animals? Well, not all of them respond so lovingly to the repeated playing of melancholy emo songs.
But seriously, Stewart has played parts outside of her Swan zone. And given the focus of this film -- which traces the heroine's attempt to escape from the wicked queen (to potentially be played by Charlize Theron) with help from the huntsman of the title (possibly Viggo Mortensen, also still reportedly negotiating) -- this Snow White presumably won't be the sunny, singing princess we know from the Disney films.
Still, the Universal production has tough competition on its hands from Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White." Tarsem Singh ("The Fall") is directing. And while he doesn't have his Snow White just yet, Vulture reports that Julia Roberts is in talks to play the evil queen. And on the animated side of things, Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") has been tapped to write the screenplay for "Snow and the Seven," a Disney project that moves the Snow White story to China.
The battle to become the fairest film of them all continues....
| February 3, 2011; 9:10 AM ET
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