Hey, ladies! After failing to get more well-known names like Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Saoirse Ronan (well, okay, Stewart and Fanning — Ronan is still a pretty obscure name in the States), Universal has now decided to go the Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” route, aka casting a relative unknown to play Snow White in their upcoming “re-imagining” of “Snow White and the Huntsman”. And the actor set to play the Huntsman? Michael Fassbender, of course. (Hey, that’s Michael Fassbender!)
Heat Vision breaks down the short list of potential Snow Whites:
— Riley Keough (below), the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley. She made her film debut playing Marie Currie in The Runaways and recently wrapped a vampire flick with Kylie Minogue titled Jack & Diane.
— Felicity Jones, an English actress currently seen as Miranda in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. She also played Margot Frank in BBC’s 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank.
— Bella Heathcoat, whose major credit is the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
— Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress with mostly TV work under her hood.
Never heard of any of those girls, so I suppose any of them will do. What probably matters more is that Charlize Theron is currently in talks to play the evil Queen who tries to gank poor Snow White so she can take over the girl’s empire. The villain, in this case, is definitely the juicy part.
Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” is one of a trio of Snow White “re-imaginings” currently in play at the various studios, so it’s first come, first serve, because honestly, I don’t think the moviegoing audience is clamoring for not one, not two, but three Snow White movies. I could be wrong, of course.
In Universal’s version, the Huntsman helps Snow White escape from the evil Queen instead of shanking the girl as ordered. There goes that Holiday bonus for a job well done.
Meanwhile, over at Relativity Media, they’re trying to get Julia Roberts to play the Queen in their Tarsem Signh-directed Snow White movie, which has apparently now been re-titled “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”. Melisa Wallack is writing the script for Relativity.