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After losing Viggo Mortensen (possibly to Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot? Fingers crossed, kids!), Universal has been looking for a new Huntsman to complete their “Snow White and the Huntsman” movie. With Kristen Stewart firmly in the role of Snow White and Rupert Sanders set to direct, finding a Huntsman has proven elusive. Mortensen was thought to have the job, but negotiations with the actor broke down. Earlier reports had the issue being monetary, but now it might be more of a scheduling issue.
The latest news on the project has Deadline reporting that Universal has offered the role to Hugh Jackman.
The offer comes at a convenient time for both the studio and Jackman, who is without a big-time project after his “The Wolverine” lost out on the directing services of Darren Aronofsky, as well as the tragedy happening right now in Japan post-Earthquake. No word yet on whether Jackman has accepted or turned down the role.
Universal is playing catch up to Relativity, whose own Snow White film has already landed most of its main cast. If Jackman signs on, Universal will have everyone in place for a September start date. Which, if you think about it, is still a ways off. I guess maybe they’re not in such a hurry after all?