The cast and crew of the forthcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman were on call Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 to shed some light on their take on the classic story, and give a first look at the actors in costume (see photos here below.)
The panel featured Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Charlize Theron (The Queen), Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman), Sam Claflin (The Prince), and director Rupert Sanders, who many may know as the guy responsible for directing the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial and the Halo ODST commercial.
Obviously, Sanders has the ability to create high-concept scenes with lots of action, but the fact that he’s drawn to producing a film like Snow White is kind of intriguing.
“I see at a lot of films that look great but there’s no heart in it,” Sanders said during the panel. “I think it’s important to give people an emotional ride.”
Sanders describes his film as a very stylized, high action/energy film, which is very different than the other Snow White feature film being produced.
Although the film hasn’t started production, the director did show the audience a low-budget concept trailer, which looked pretty good. It was filed with melting apples, the dark queen dissipating into black birds, and lots of huge snowy mountains.
They also debuted the first photos of the main characters in costume: Snow White, The Queen, The Prince, The Huntsman, and the eight dwarfs. Yes, there are eight but one of them dies, according to Sanders, though he backpeddled a bit when one of the actors said it was a spoiler. He then said it was eight because of copyright issues.
The most surprising of the designs shown was definitely Snow White. Stewart was dressed in a suit of armor and holding a shield. It’s not exactly the image most people get when thinking of the classic character — especially considering the history with Disney’s animated feature.
Stewart said she definitely felt awkward in the suit, but hopes she’ll grow to “own it” as they get closer to production on the film. The noticeable mannerism that made her role as Bella on the Twilight movies was definitely apparent during the panel.
“She’s probably going to give me a run for my money, and I’m ready for it bitch. Let’s go,” Theron said jokingly to Stewart.
The film is scheduled to premiere June 1, 2012.
[Photos by Dave3]