Turns out that with the next chapter in the Wolverine franchise on hold, Hugh Jackman may end up going the fairy tale route instead.
According to Deadline, Jackman has been offered the role of the huntsman in Universal Pictures' Snow White and the Huntsman. The film, to be directed by first-timer Rupert Sanders, will also star Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. The plot? According to IMDB, "A huntsman is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her but instead he chooses to let her go and the two are evidently chained together for part of the movie as they make their escape."
The huntsman role was originally assigned to Viggo Mortensen, who left the project because he was unhappy with the direction the character took during rewrites of the script. As for Jackman, he's suddenly free because progress on The Wolverine has slowed down. The movie lost director Darren Aronosky last month and has also had to grapple with the disaster in Japan, where most of the film was slated to be shot.
It's not known yet whether Jackman will accept the part in Snow White, but the clock is ticking: The studio wants production to begin in September so that the movie can beat another Snow White project into theaters. That one, called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, stars Julia Roberts as the evil queen, along with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Lily Collins (Priest).
By the way, the word on The Wolverine is that Duncan Jones (Source Code) and David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) are being looked at to take over that film—but whoever gets the job may end up waiting for their star.