EXCLUSIVE: It’s not just Snow White who’ll be missing from Universal’s The Huntsman. Most of the seven dwarves won’t be in the film either, Deadline has learned.
Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) won’t be reprising their roles as the pint-sized companions from 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman. That’s partly due to the fact that The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves, and it is still unclear who they will be. Marsan never was in the mix to return due to scheduling conflicts with his role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, while Frost and Jones appear not to have agreed on terms to return for the second installment.
Returning from the first film will be, as the title indicates, Chris Hemsworth’s character as well as Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna. As Deadline first revealed, director Frank Darabont exited the project this month due to creative differences. Universal moved swiftly to replace him with VFX wiz Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who earned Visual Effects Oscar nom for his work on the first film.
The studio is also in talks with Emily Blunt to play a villain in The Huntsman, which is set for release on April 22, 2016.