Kristen Stewart may reprise her role as Snow White after all.
Universal Pictures has denied a report stating that the studio had dropped the actress from the project in the aftermath of her infidelities with the original Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
“We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise,” Donna Langely, the co-chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement. “Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”
The Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources on Tuesday saying Universal dropped Stewart from the next film in the franchise. Universal has been planning a sequel to this summer’s film, which was a modest success at the box office, with a production budget of US$170-million and a global gross of roughly US$389-million.
It appears Universal is particularly interested in a spinoff focused on the Huntsman character, played by Chris Hemsworth. Whether the next film is a straight-up sequel or a spinoff, the studio is not searching for a new Snow White. This was corroborated to Reuters by another individual with knowledge of the situation.\The studio is looking to hire new writers as David Koepp was hired to write a sequel rather than a spinoff.
It remains unclear whether Sanders would direct, though it’s hard to imagine he would be given the recent tabloid frenzy sparked by his extramarital romance with Stewart. Sanders is married, and Stewart was dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.
Meanwhile, Jodie Foster, Stewart’s co-star in 2002’s Panic Room, has penned a lengthy essay reflecting on the plight of the young actress. The take-away message from Foster’s essay? The invasion of privacy created by tabloid and paparazzi culture can be a soul-crushing experience for a young actor, and Stewart’s personal life is nobody’s business but her own.
In the essay, published by the Daily Beast on Wednesday, Foster criticizes what she calls “the gladiator sport of celebrity culture,” adding, “if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started.”
Blasting those who have become obsessed with Stewart’s entangled love life, Foster writes, “Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.”
Stewart apologized for the dalliance with Sanders last month, shortly after Us Weekly published pictures of the two of them canoodling.
“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected,” Stewart said in a statement. “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”
Source: National Post