Stewart, riffing on her reputation as someone who never smiles, advised her cast mates, "Be careful because I take myself incredibly seriously." Theron couldn't resist one-upping her by reminding everyone, "Well, I'm an Oscar winner. I'm very method. I'll be calling you Snow White all the time."
While the cast was in a joking mood, this production of Snow White is going to be much darker than anything we've seen from Disney or from Relativity's rival Snow White project, with its girly-looking, begowned princess
In this one, Stewart tells us she's a prisoner who becomes a sword-wielding heroine. Producer Joe Roth summed up the differences between the rival projects: "Ours is on the scale of 'The Lord of the Rings.' Theirs looks... softer." Theron, who won that Oscar for playing murderer Aileen Wournos, says that her character is "dark. She's a serial killer."
There was no actual footage yet, but audiences got a short clip teasing the tone of the film, with a 'Game of Thrones'-type feel, a heroine facing down a wolf and an evil queen who turns into a flock of crows.
"This is not a little girl sitting by a well with little tweety birds," promises director Rupert Sanders, a commercial director who'll make his feature debut with 'Snow White.'
Speaking of getting the job, Chris Hemsworth
feigned being hurt by a fan's poorly phrased comment about how many other actors passed on the role of the Huntsman before it fell to him. "You mean, everyone else turned it down and I was all that was left?" Theron patted his arm and he mock sobbed, "They even offered it to Charlize."
Roth wanted to go with an unknown for the lead, but welcomed the chance to scoop Stewart for her first major film since the 'Twilight' franchise began. He explained his choice of Theron by prising her playing such imposing characters. "So, basically, you just said, 'You hired me because I'm a b---h,' Theron noted.
"It's because she's so imposing...." Roth continued.
We were treated to shots of the characters in costumes: Prince Charming Sam Claflin in a shining armor and sword (he promises that his prince "might not be that charming); Charlize Theron in a black and silver metallic gown with a cruel-looking high collar just like Disney's Queen and a wicked dagger; Hemsworth looking ruggedly unshaven as the axe-wielding Huntsman and Stewart with her own suit of armor and sword. We also saw the first image of the eight (not seven) dwarves in character and the spoiler that one of them will be bumped off, leaving only the fairy-tale-mandated seven.
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