After months of negotiations with Universal Viggo Mortensen has decided not to appear in Snow White and the Huntsman. No reason was given, although Variety speculate that he may have dropped out to play the villain in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. Both intend to start shooting in the second half of the year, so Viggo may have decided to appear in his first comic book movie.
This telling of Snow White focuses on the Huntsman 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. Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender have all been linked to the role of the Huntsman over the pasts few months, so it looks like Universal will have to find another in-demand actor who isn’t busy elsewhere.
Halo 3: ODST commercial director Rupert Sanders is directing and the aim is to begin shooting in August for a December 2012 release.