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In part because of the shenanigans of Snow White and the Huntsman’s star Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders, the decision was made to create a prequel rather than sequel to the 2012 fantasy adventure. Stewart’s departure was corrected with the acquisition of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, who join the returning Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. And the full trailer suggests that was a pretty good decision. You can take a gander at it, and decided for yourself, by clicking below.
I know, I know: the song choice for The Huntsman: Winter's War's trailer is utterly appalling, and only hinders rather than improving upon the footage because of its cheesy, on-the-nose lyrics and heavy attempt at creating a serious tone and mood.
But, looking beyond this kamikaze assault on the ears, there’s actually enough in the trailer to suggest The Huntsman: Winter’s War will at least be an improvement on the original. I mean, each of the film’s four leading actors – Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain – have long proven just how formidable they are on screen.
They’re also unselfish. In fact, in 2015 alone, they each proved just how adept they are at starring as part of an ensemble, and allowing their on-screen co-stars to flourish. Just to save you time recollecting, Charlize Theron did so in Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Emily Blunt in Sicario, and Jessica Chastain, likewise, in The Martian and Crimson Peak.
The Hunstman: Winter’s War’s set pieces also look as though they’ve been amped up, too, with Chris Hemsworth leaping from a cliff top to an ice castle without a care in the world, and Emily Blunt’s Ice Queen not missing an opportunity to showcase her terrifying abilities, while the titanic tussle between Blunt and Charlize Theron already looks thrilling.
Obviously, Universal will also be hoping that the similarities between Emily Blunt’s Freya and Frozen’s Elsa – not just in the characters’ talent at firing ice from their veins, but also because Blunt looks just like the Disney princess – results in The Huntsman: Winter’s War profiting from the appeal of the most successful animated film ever released.
Universal’s decision to green-light a sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman was relatively surprising, considering that the original’s $170 million budget only returned $396 million at the box office. Yes, it’s an impressive haul, but when you take into consideration its marketing and the stain that was left on the franchise because of Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders’ antics, it wasn’t such a straightforward decision.
But, thanks to the obvious improvement of the cast, and the fact that it’s being released on April 22nd without much competition (The Jungle Book is out on April 15, while Captain America: Civil War follows May 6), there’s every chance that The Huntsman: Winter’s War will actually build upon the original's haul after all, and turn it into a full-fledged franchise.