While it's obviously not surprising that Chris Hemsworth is coming back for a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, that Charlize Theron is back considering the fate of her character is. And what's more, that they were able to snag the likes of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain for the dark fairy tale franchise was also unexpected. It shows just how much Universal is willing to invest in more Snow White movies, and now they've given the film a new title and a group of character posters.
Newly-titled The Huntsman Winter's War, the posters feature Hemsworth as Eric the Huntsman, Theron as Ravenna the Evil Queen, Blunt as Freya the Ice Queen, and Chastain as the warrior, Sara. The story, which seems to be a prequel, expands on the connection between the Huntsman and Ravenna. Here's the synopsis:
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, The Huntsman Winter's War opens April 22nd 2016.