Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chasain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. That's a fantastic lineup one would not expect to find in a prequel to the mostly forgettable Snow White and the Huntsman. But somehow Universal managed to bring them all together for the fairy tale spinoff, The Huntsman: Winter's War, and a new trailer for the special effects-heavy film has been released.
While the action has certainly been kicked up a notch, the film looks nearly identical to the previous one. That's due to the presence of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who had previously served as the franchise's visual effects supervisor. Here's the synopsis, which reads a little like a dark version of Frozen:
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.
While nobody was exactly clamoring for this movie to exist, the chance to see Emily Blunt as an ice-powered princess and Chastain as a warrior badass is worth it. The Huntsman: Winter's War opens April 22nd.