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Ray Winstone The Latest Awesome Actor Cast As A Dwarf In Snow White And The Huntsman

Following a flurry of activity over in the casting department of Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman, it’s official that neither Snow White, the Huntsman or Charlize Theron’s evil queen will be the reason why we line up for this adventure next summer. It will be to see the seven dwarfs director Rupert Sanders has recruited for this bizarre fairy tale adaptation.

British tough guy Ray Winstone (44-inch Chest, The Departed) is the latest name added to the eclectic ensemble of knockaround sons of bitches who Kristen Stewart’s Snow White will befriend on screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’ll join recently cast actors Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones for a version that has dwarfs named after Roman emperors like Caesar, Claudius and Tiberius. Winstone will play Trajan, who is the twin brother of Hadrian, to be played by Happy-Go-Lucky star Eddie Marsan. I’m not sure this film can get more awesome.

Lately Universal has been winning the PR battle against Relativity’s rival Snow White project, which has Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer as its leads. That version, directed by Tarsem Singh, has some ground to make up now that Sanders’s Snow has revealed such bold choices for its dwarfs. But I’m telling you, covering the Snow White race has been more fun than watching these films could ever be. Let’s hope we’re not too disappointed when both films hit theaters next year.

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.