Universal’s The Huntsman, a spinoff of 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, has secured a brand new roster of dwarves to accompany returning dwarf Nick Frost. Much like Disney’s Beauty And The Beast remake is crowded with Brits, it seems that Universal are chasing down a similar idea as Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have all signed on to appear.
Their involvement on The Huntsman makes for interesting news in light of previous reports suggesting there would be a distinct lack of dwarves in the movie. Nevertheless, the trio are enlisted and ought to be in for a cracking time. Two of the newest cast, Brydon and Smith, will be reunited after they both starred in the BBC comedy series Gavin & Stacey. Brydon can be also seen in Disney’s live-action Cinderella which opened last weekend. Roach’s biggest role to date was in Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady as a younger version of the former Tory leader.
What the quartet will be up to is still unknown, mainly due to intense secrecy regarding the story. One tiny plot fragment suggests the movie will orbit around the period before Snow White, and how the Huntsman met the evil Ravenna. To be honest, the cast could spend the entire running time yodelling and smoking pipes and audiences would still turn out in their droves. Part of that assumption is based on its leading stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Both names pack pulling power, and along with the recently-confirmed Jessica Chastain (who is rumored to be playing an archer), Universal has a hit on their hands. And not one frame has been shot yet.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan directs The Huntsman from a script by Frank Darabont. It’s currently scheduled for release on April 22, 2016.