By Anthony Breznican
July 23, 2011 at 11:57 PM EDT

“I’m ready for it, bitch. Let’s go.”

The real competition may not be between the two rival Snow White films, but between Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen and her fairest-of-them-all nemesis Kristen Stewart.

That quote is from Theron to Stewart at the start of the Comic-Con panel for Snow White and the Huntsman, which begins filming next week and will hit theaters June 1.

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The first thing that jumps to mind is that, obviously, this isn’t the typical Snow White in a fancy gown — this is more Joan of Arc territory.

“This girl has the amazing ability to channel fear, things that people are typically afraid to do, into this really focused, really charged, driving energy,” Stewart told panel moderator (and EW senior writer) Dave Karger.

“She truly does not let her heart cloud her mind,” the Twilight actress added, breaking into a smile: “Also I get to have a sword and stuff, and really cool weapons.”

Stewart was playing nice, but Theron, appropriately, was the one showing her teeth.

“It’s important to find out where she came from and how she got to where she is,” Theron said of her Evil Queen, who sports a stiff collar made of feathers and looks ready to plunge that curved dagger into something. “She’s dark. She’s a serial killer. I’m pretty much preparing to play a serial killer, and that’s interesting, trying to ground it and make it clear.”

Sam Claflin, previously seen as the noble missionary in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, turns up here as the Prince, though the actor hinted he is not the “some day my prince will come” type. “The prince is not necessarily as charming as one would hope,” he said.

Finally, Thor star Chris Hemsworth as the other title character — a mercenary who decides to spare Snow White rather than follow the queen’s orders to cut her heart out, leading to a desperate escape and — eventually — a counter-attack on the wicked ruler of the kingdom.

Among the other revelations: There will be eight dwarfs, not seven, which director Rupert Sanders said was due to legal issues (sounds like Disney has issues with that?) and also because — SPOILER ALERT — one of the dwarfs may not survive.

Producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) also showed off some of the action commercials made by first-time feature director Sanders, as well as a concept trailer (featuring stand-ins for the actors) with the type of imagery the film will feature: sprites crawling out of forest creatures; gargoyle-like trees; a chilling queen bathing head-to-toe in what looked like thick white paint; and a Snow White wandering lost and alone through the wilderness.

It featured intriguing (though sometimes inscrutable) voice-over: “Death is a hungry mouth and you are the apple” and “Is your heart made of glass, or of a pure snow white?”

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