Twilight star Kristen Stewart will be returning to the role of Snow White in a sequel to the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman, reports Radar. However, director Rupert Sanders will not be involved in the film.
The future of the film’s sequel has been uncertain since Kristen Stewart’s affair with the married British director came to light. Following the “momentary indiscretion”, there has been speculation that Kristen Stewart – who faced public hostility after the affair that saw her cheat on long-term boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson – would be cut from the film’s sequel.
In the aftermath of the scandal, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the next film would be a spin-off, focusing only on Kristen’s co-star Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Huntsman.
Film bosses were reportedly worried that Stewart’s drop in popularity would damage the sequel. But the 22-year-old star appears to have been forgiven by both on-off boyfriend Pattinson and her fans – who turned out in their thousands to watch the final film in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn part 2, when it was released in cinemas last week. This upturn in popularity may have prompted the decision to keep Stewart in the film franchise.
Snow White and the Huntsman – which was released in UK cimemas in May 2012 and starred Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone – is based on the dark fairytale, but the Huntsman ordered to kill Snow White becomes her protector and friend in a quest to dethrone the Evil Queen.