When The Huntsman: Winter's War started to gear up for production without any hint of Kristen Stewart being involved, everyone started to wonder if the scandal that plagued Snow White and The Huntsman was the defining factor in such a development. Well, after several years, Stewart has set the story straight, and her non-involvement was purely voluntary – and, according to her, for good reasons.
Stewart was in the middle of being interviewed by Variety when questions about the 2012 film's sequel, which crashed and burned at last month's box office, came into play. But while Snow White and The Huntsman left Kristen Stewart excited about a sequel, a slippery slope led to Stewart souring on the project, as she explains in the following quote:
I read a few scripts. None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris was more into it. I actually don’t fucking know.
Despite all of those meetings, Kristen Stewart just wasn't into the material that Universal was throwing her way for what would eventually become The Huntsman: Winter's War. Then, from what she says, she learned of the finalized plans for Huntsman: Winter's War from the official press release, which described the titular Huntsman as the central character. From the sound of it, she hadn't realized things had gone in another direction. When the studio reached out to see if she'd be interested in doing a cameo, she politely declined...
I might just leave that be. I was really into that, but —... Now I'm like 'Thank God.'
So it doesn't seem like she's feeling much regret over the situation.
One can't blame Stewart for her wise, but not totally upset reasoning for passing on The Huntsman: Winter's War. After all, if a major studio stops talking to you for a couple years, morphs your potential franchise into someone else's starring vehicle, and then asks you to do a cameo, you might feel a bit left out yourself. However, considering the fact that Kristen Stewart went on to make Clouds of Maria Sils, Still Alice, Equals, and most recently Woody Allen's Cafe Society, those feelings can't last too long, as her career has turned into something that most people wouldn't have expected from the lead of Twilight.
Kristen Stewart has surprised the world in the years since her franchise days, and she has shown no signs of stopping any time soon. Considering she became the first American to win the Cesar – France's equivalent to the Oscars - there's still room for surprises in the future of her career. You can experience some of those surprises for yourself when Cafe Society debuts on July 15th, or when Equals makes its way to theaters on September 5th.
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