Since the two fairy tale projects were announced in 2010, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror have been expected to battle for the title of fairest Grimm adaptation of them all. Would this be like 1998’s dueling global destruction flicks, Armageddon and Deep Impact, or 1995’s Scottish standoff between Rob Roy and Braveheart? Could there be enough Snow White to go around? As the two movies race to the big screen, it turns out — aside from the name of our heroine — they actually don’t have much in common at all.
Tarsem Singh’s (Immortals) light, music-infused, tongue-in-cheek take on the fairy tale has Julia Roberts vamping as the evil queen, Lily Colins as a wide-eyed Snow White, and Armie Hammer as the chisled-jaw’d prince charming. (There’s no huntsman in sight.)
“I wanted to find a midway ground between my personal style and a sweet fantasy film,” Singh tells EW. “At its heart, it really is a family film. I think it’s fun enough for everybody.”
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This debut feature from director Rupert Sanders looks to put the grim back into the Grimm’s fairy tale, courtesy of Charlize Theron as the murderous queen, a morose Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman, and a fierce-looking Kristen Stewart as Snow White.
Sanders says he has no fear that the other Snow White movie will spoil his party: “They are for totally different audiences. I never thought for a minute that we’d be arriving at the same ball in the same ball gown.”