After the success of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, which took in $155.3 million domestically and $396.5 million from a $160 million budget, Universal Pictures decided to go in another direction for its follow-up. Instead of telling a sequel, the studio decided to go back before Snow White's story with the prequel The Huntsman: Winter's War. While fans get ready for the Blu-ray and DVD release tomorrow, we have an exclusive preview that introduces Emily Blunt's character, Freya.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided us with this preview, which features Emily Blunt revealing more about her character, the Ice Queen. The actress teases that villains rarely have much back story, but she was quite pleased that there was such a rich origin for Freya. We also hear from her on-screen sister, Charlize Theron, who reveals how Freya goes on a journey to discover her power, while director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan describes Freya as the "beta" to Ravenna's alpha.
If it's the Snow White tale you're looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter's War. The movie is currently available on Digital HD and coming to 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter's War on Blu-ray and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie's behind-the-scenes secrets.
The Huntsman: Winter's War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt, Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya's heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya's most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth, Thor, Star Trek).
Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain, The Martian, The Help) - the only woman who has ever captured his heart - Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna's wickedness will rule for eternity. The supporting cast includes Sam Claflin, Sophie Cookson, Colin Morgan, Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith and Rob Brydon. The special features include new featurettes about the Two Queens, the two Dwarfs played by Nick Frost and Rob Brydon, the costumes and more, plus a gag reel, deleted scenes and feature commentary from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Take a look at our exclusive preview for The Huntsman: Winter's War below, before picking up this adventure on Blu-ray or DVD.