Earlier today, we brought you the sad news that Viggo Mortensen has dropped out of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” leaving the Kristen Stewart-starring adaptation without a leading man for the time being. While the search is still on to replace Mortensen, a different “Snow White” project is picking up some steam in the form of a new casting addition: Armie Hammer.
Deadline reports that “The Social Network” actor, who starred in the Oscar-winning film as the infamous Winklevoss Twins, is joining the cast of what was once called “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,” but has since been referred to by Relativity Media as an “upcoming untitled Snow White feature based on the Brothers Grimm story.” Any bets on the new title?
For his part, Hammer is on board to play Prince Andrew Alcott, the dreamy hunk of royalty that Snow falls head over heels for. He’s joining the Tarsem Singh-directed fairy tale adaptation alongside Julia Roberts, who already sealed her deal to star as the Evil Queen.
A big question remains, of course: who’s going to play Snow White herself? Although the casting isn’t official yet, Deadline says that “Hanna” actress Saoirse Ronan is “in discussions” for the role. Whether it’s Ronan’s part or not, someone is going to have to turn themselves into the fairest maiden of them all soon, as Relativity is eyeing a June 29, 2012 release date for the film.
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