Posters & Plot Revealed: “The Huntsman Winter’s War”
Universal Pictures has just unveiled four new character posters for The Huntsman Winter’s War, which is the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. These posters feature: Charlize Theron, who is portraying the The Evil Queen/Ravenna; Chris Hemsworth, who is portraying The Huntsman; Jessica Chastain, who is portraying The Warrior, and Emily Blunt, who is portraying The Ice Queen/Freya. Because of the debut of these posters and release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War is expected to debut soon.
The Huntsman Winter’s War, which is an unwieldy title, will focus on the conflict between the four main characters featured in the posters above. The official plot synopsis is: “Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.” This portion of the synopsis makes it seem like Freya is a rip-off of Elsa from Frozen. After all, like Elsa, she is able to freeze any enemy and has spent time in isolation in a remote wintry palace. Admittedly, The Ice Queen and characters like her are common in other stories. However, if audiences are busy hearing the various songs from Frozen in their head, they are unlikely to be as engaged in this film.
The plot synopsis also says: “When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.” The most promising aspect of The Huntsman Winter’s War is the talented cast. Also, the fact that Kirsten Stewart’s monotone Snow White is not the main character should help make this film more watchable than its predecessor.
The Huntsman Winter’s War, which will be released on April 22nd, 2016, is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and written by Craig Mazin, who previously wrote Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, Identity Thief, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III, and Evan Spiliotopoulos, who previously wrote Hercules (2014) and straight-to-video Disney animated films. With the filmography of the screenwriters in mind, the script for this film is likely underwhelming.
Are you looking forward to The Huntsman Winter’s War?