On the heels of his big THOR opening, Deadline reports that Chris Hemsworth has finalized his deal to the play the Huntsman in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. After a number of names were tossed around for the part (including the likes of Johnny Depp, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Hardy, and Hugh Jackman), Hemsworth has finally locked it up.
His addition to the cast rounds it, as it includes Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Sam Claflin as the prince, and Charlize Theron as the evil witch. This Snow White story is set to be directed by Rupert Sanders from an Evan Daugherty script, and it sees a twist on the tale - the evil queen sends Snow White into the woods to be killed by the huntsman, who has a change of heart and tries to free her. Other complications ensue, but I doubt they'll be very dwarf-heavy.
Hemsworth has a few other films already in the can - including CABIN IN THE WOODS and the RED DAWN remake.
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is due for release in 2012.
The inclusion of Hardy in the potential huntsman list reminds me of the buzz surrounding Hardy as a "new leading man," much like the post-AVATAR casting blitz for Sam Worthington. While I remain somewhat unsold on Worthington, and I think Hardy is capable of some really varied work, I think Hemsworth is a great pick for a new main man. His work in THOR was, in my eyes, a breakthrough and a star turn, and I am quite looking forward to his next new roles.