/huntsman-movie-snow-white-2-director-frank-darabont/The loss of its director is certainly not slowing down the prequel The Huntsman. A follow up to the 2012 fairy tale adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, this next chapter is lining up Emily Blunt to star as the main villain. While yesterday's report claimed that Charlize Theron was expected to reprise her role as the evil Ravenna, that may no longer be the case.
Frank Darabont left the project earlier in the week, with both the director and Universal Pictures citing 'creative differences'. It is believed that the studio already has a replacement directed waiting in the wings. We should hear an announcement sometime next week. Universal intends on keeping its already announced April 22, 2016 release date.
Chris Hemsworth is set to reprise his role as The Huntsman. Kristen Stewart, who starred as Snow White in the original, is not coming back, and that character is no longer featured in the storyline. She was responsible for the movie making $396.5 million worldwide, but Universal feels Chris Hemsworth is now enough of a worldwide star, after having appeared in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, to carry the sequel/prequel on his own.