UPDATE: Negotiations with Hugh Jackman have ended and he will not be taking the lead in "Snow White and the Huntsman," The Wrap reports.
Now that his homegrown tentpole "The Wolverine" has stalled with the departure of director Darren Aronofsky, studios are eyeing up Hugh Jackman for potential projects, one of which may be nearing closer to snagging the Australian star.
An offer has gone out to Jackman to join "Snow White and the Huntsman," Universal's foray into the exploding fairy tale genre, Deadline reports.
The reimaginging of the classic story was set to star Viggo Mortensen as the titular hunter -- alongside Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen -- but for reasons that aren't quite clear (but could be as simple as scheduling), he had to back out. Jackman would be taking on Mortensen's role, a minor character in the original story whose significance in Snow White's journey is beefed up for the film.
Whether Jackman can join "Snow White and the Huntsman" may come down to the turnaround on "The Wolverine." The article goes on to mention that Jackman (a producer on the film) is sniffing out new talent to fill Aronofsky's open seat, including "Source Code" director Duncan Jones and David Slade, the man behind "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." If the pieces of "Wolverine" come together quickly, the film may take priority for Jackman who has been very hands-on in its development.
With so many fairy tale movies coming out in the next few years (including a competing Snow White film starring Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Lily Collins), "Snow White and the Huntsman" could use Jackman for face value alone, but it may be worth the star's while -- when was the last time we saw Hugh in anything other than an X-Men movie?