According to Heat Vision Ian McShane, who was last seen as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has been cast in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
McShane will play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs. He is the oldest of the dwarfs, and an enemy to the Queen and old friend to Eric, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth).
Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, focuses on the Huntsman (Hemsworth) who is hired by the evil queen (Charlize Theron) to track down her runaway stepdaughter (Kristen Stewart). After realizing the queen intends to kill Snow White, he helps her escape, and the pair go on the run. The Huntsman then helps train Snow White in order to defeat the evil queen.
Due to the battle with Relativity Media’s Snow White project with Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Lily Collins production is being fast-tracked. Universal moved Huntsman from December to June in order to compete, but Relativity responded by setting a March 16, 2012 release date. It’s unlikely Universal will be able to counter that as Huntsman filming won’t begin until August and they can’t expect first time director Rupert Sanders to make big fantasy movie in less than 9 months.