The Huntsman, Universal’s upcoming sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, may have lost its high-profile director when Frank Darabont stepped down and was replaced by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan; but that hasn’t stopped the film from attracting some A-list acting talent. Read on for the details of who’s the latest to join the project.
Per Deadline, Jessica Chastain (below left; Crimson Peak, A Most Violent Year) has joined the cast opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, who reprise their roles from the first installment. Nick Frost also returns as the dwarf Nion.
In addition, Emily Blunt (below right), rumored for weeks, has finally closed her deal to star as the villain.
Nicolas-Troyan, who earned a Visual Effects Oscar nomination for his work on the first film, takes the helm for his feature directorial debut. Darabont wrote the screenplay from earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
Joe Roth (Maleficent) returns to produce with Palak Patel executive producing. VP Production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.
So far the film looks to still be on track for an April 22, 2016, release.