Snow White Update: Universal Targets Hugh Jackman for 'The Huntsman' Role

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Deadline Sensing a possible opening with Hugh Jackman because The Wolverine lost its director and a plan to shoot in Japan turned precarious, Universal Pictures has offered Jackman the huntsman role in Snow White and the Huntsman. The Rupert Sanders-directed film has Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron ready to star. Also, I've heard Universal is in talks with Hossein Amini to come aboard and do some script work on a project slated to begin production mid-September.

Whether Jackman accepts is unclear. Jackman would obviously have to be paid a premium to pump up the star power of a film that will reach theaters after its rival, Relativity Media's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. That film has Julia Roberts playing the evil queen, but unproven thesps Armie Hammer and Lily Collins in the leads. Clearly, Jackman's priority is his signature razor-clawed X-Men mutant hero. He has been very hands on developing The Wolverine with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, and he himself drafted Darren Aronofsky, who exited earlier this month. Jackman and the studio are just getting started on finding a replacement. I've heard names like Duncan Jones, director of the well-reviewed Source Code, and David Slade, the Twilight Saga: Eclipse helmer who was in the mix before Aronofsky got hired.

What makes Huntsman a possibility is that Fox doesn't have to rush The Wolverine. The studio is bullish on this summer's X-Men Origins: First Class to keep the franchise vibrant, and Fox has plenty of tent pole action for 2012. Read More


But according to Variety this is but a "pipe dream"...

Variety_JLD SWATH folks, we'd heard about Hugh Jackman here, too. With his sked and salary, don't count on it; a pipe-dream scenario for Universal

Updated GosspCop Hugh Jackman has been offered the lead male role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman', a source close to the actor confirms this. He has not yet signed on to the project which will be directed by Rupert Sanders and slated to open production later this year.

Production Update via Larry411 Latest on SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Hugh Jackman offered Huntsman:

STATUS: Mid-September 2011
LOCATION: London - Scotland - Germany
PRODUCER: Joe Roth - Palak Patel
WRITER: Evan Daugherty - Hossein Amini
DIRECTOR: Rupert Sanders
LP: Sam Mercer
CAST: Charlize Theron - Kristen Stewart
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