July 5th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
The “Twilight” saga will come to an end on the big screen in 2012, but Kristen Stewart may be tackling another franchise with her role in next year’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
The 21-year-old actress stars as the fairest of them all in the film, which sees Charlize Theron as the evil queen and "Thor's" Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman. But instead of stretching a single plotline across three films, says producer Joe Roth, he sees it instead as three separate stories.
“It’s meant to be the first in a series of films,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters.”
This movie is supposed to be more in the vein of "Lord of the Rings," and Snow White isn't going to be as saccharine sweet as you may remember.
"She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods," Roth says, adding that the gruff-but-not-heartless huntsman is her aide. Sent by the queen to bring back the heart of Snow White the bounty hunter finds he can't bring himself to do it, and with that the two try to escape from the evil royal's wrath before launching a counterattack.
Although Roth says he wanted an unknown for the part of Snow White, he soon realized that in spite of Stewart's immense popularity, her versatility is still a bit under the radar.
"We searched high and low for an unknown...[and] As we went through it, it just became evident to me that Kristen occupies a space in the universe where she's a terrific actress only known for one part," he says. "I hope this is a movie that will appeal to those who find 'Twilight' appealing, but also [Stewart] is someone with piss and vinegar in her."
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