UPDATE: Relativity Media has confirmed Armie Hammer. Release is below.
EXCLUSIVE, 9:58 AM: Saoirse Ronan could be cast opposite Armie Hammer in Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White that’s an revisionist adult retelling of the fairy tale from director Tarsem Singh. Armie Hammer, fresh off The Social Network, has closed a deal to play Prince Andrew Alcott in the pic. But Ronan (Atonement, and the upcoming Hanna) is still only “in discussions” for the title role. Julia Roberts already has been cast. It’s worth noting that Relativity plans to be in production first for a June 29th, 2012, release before Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman starring Twilight saga superstar Kristen Stewart gets going and comes out December 21, 2012. Supposedly, Viggo Mortensen is shaky in that version.
(Beverly Hills, CA) March 26, 2011 – Relativity Media has closed a deal with The Social Network breakthrough star Armie Hammer to play Prince Andrew Alcott in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, based on the Brothers Grimm story, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).
Hammer joins Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts who was previously announced in the role of the Queen. Pre-production has begun, and principal photography will start in May. The theatrical release date is set for June 29, 2012.
Relativity’s Snow White, a retelling of one of the most beloved fables of all-time, will eschew the traditional story in
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UPDATE: Relativity confirmed they’ve signed Julia Roberts, and have set a June 29, 2012 release date. That puts The Brothers Grimm: Snow White six months ahead of the preliminary release plan for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Relativity Media’s press release is at bottom of the story.
EARLIER 9:33 AM: Deadline revealed late last year that Julia Roberts was being courted by Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media to play the Evil Queen in the Tarsem Singh-directed The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. I’m told that the deal will close within two hours, with the talks basically down to “whether Julia gets a Town Car or an SUV.”
Committing to Roberts means that neither Relativity Media or Universal Pictures is blinking on the race to mount rival Snow White pictures for 2012 release. Universal has set a December 21, 2012 release date for the Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White and the Huntsman, which has come together strongly with Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen playing the title characters, and Charlize Theron playing the Evil Queen. Usually, rival picture races end when one project either lands a big star or makes it into production first. That’s happened on such films as the Oliver Stone-directed Alexander, which ended the Alexander the Great film Baz Luhrmann was prepping with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Relativity Media might get into production before Universal’s planned summer start, with pre-production underway and shooting to begin possibly as soon as next month, insiders said. … Read More »
UPDATE: While we’re at it, Vulture is citing an exclusive that Julia Roberts will play the evil queen in Relativity Media’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Deadline told you that on December 13. All this begs two questions: What constitutes an exclusive? And why is Hollywood so transfixed with the zillion year old story of Snow White? THR had an actual exclusive the other day that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt has boarded Disney’s long-gestating Francis Lawrence-directed action pic Snow and the Seven (though I can report Scott Rudin has stepped off that picture as producer). Hollywood, as it often does when it observes an unexpected success like the billion dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland, is going to beat this fairy tale thing like a rented mule (there’s also a heated race going on with The Wizard of Oz), until flops slow the trend.
EARLIER: Hard to get all hot and bothered over Hollywood Reporter’s so called just-published “exclusive” that Twilight Saga’s Kristen Stewart is negotiating to play the title character opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, when Deadline actually told you the information exclusively exactly one week ago.
EXCLUSIVE: An intriguing tale of rival Snow White is unfolding between Universal Pictures and Relativity Media. I’m told that Charlize Theron is hot and heavy in negotiations to play the Evil Queen in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman (with Michael Fassbender the front-runner to play the woodsman). For its rival project The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, Relativity Media is courting Julia Roberts to play the Evil Queen. That film will be directed by Tarsem from a script by Melisa Wallack.
Universal is negotiating with Theron at the same time that she is reading the script for a key role in J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed film that will star Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover. The studio is moving quickly after paying $1.5 million against $3 million for the Evan Daughtery spec script that will be directed by Rupert Sanders.
The projects are very different, and both films are on the fastest possible track. It will be interesting to see if both fairy tales have happy endings.