Variety reports that Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Michael Fassbender was also circling the role of the Huntsman but decided to head into space with Ridley Scott instead, which paved the way for Mortensen to join the movie.
This telling of Snow White focuses on the Huntsman who is hired by the evil queen to track down her runaway stepdaughter. After realizing the queen intends to kill Snow White, he helps her escape, and the pair go on the run.
Rupert Sanders is directing and the aim is to begin shooting sometime this summer for a December 2012 release. Interestingly, The Hobbit: Part 1 is set to go head-to-head with Snow White as it will be released 2 days beforehand. Viggo will be battling against Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins this time (at the box office, that it).
Universal are currently searching for a unknown fresh face to play Snow White, and they aim to find one soonish as there are numerous competing Snow White movies in the works, including one over at Relativity Media with Tarsem Singh directing.