There wasn't a ton of clamor for a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, except maybe by loyal fans of Kristen Stewart. Ironically, they got what they asked for...except she's not in the film at all. Oops. Titled The Huntsman: Winter's War, this quasi-sequel/prequel is gives Chris Hemsworth another franchise toybox to play around in, and a top notch supporting cast led by Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and Charlize Theron.
The latest trailer offers more of the visual splendor of the first film, which makes sense considering its visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has taken over as director. The story is set before all of that Snow White nonsense, and centers on Eric the Huntsman's forbidden love with Sara (Chastain), a fellow huntsman...or huntswoman...huntsperson.
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.
Huntsman: Winter's War opens April 22nd.