Since "Snow White and the Huntsman" has almost nailed down its huntsman in the form of the Inglorious Basterd Michael Fassbender, the Black Listed screenplay is now in search of its Snow White. Universal had offered the role up to Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Saoirse Ronan (though they weren't on our own wishlist), but according to The Hollywood Reporter the studio has opted to go with a relatively unknown lead.
Some of the names, however are a little bit better known than others. Universal is holding screen tests with Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, who appeared opposite Stewart and Fanning earlier this year in "The Runaways." She certainly has skin as white as snow and lips as red as rose, and with some dark black hair we could totally see her in the role.
The other better-known actress from the bunch if Felicity Jones, an English actress who's currently in theaters in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest." But the other two ladies on the list, Australian star Bella Heathcoat and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, we don't know too much about.
The gamble on this is pretty much the same as the one Disney took on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." They cast relative unknown Mia Wasikowska as the titular Alice, but were able to promote the movie more on the Johnny Depp and Burton collaboration. Still, the movie was one of the most profitable of the year, and Wasikowska is now a celebrated star.
But Universal told THR that they were reserving the right to continue to reach out to bigger named stars if the screen tests don't blow them away. Especially considering the fact that both Tom Hardy and Depp passed up the role of the Huntsman, they'd probably do better with an actress that audiences are somewhat familiar with. At least Charlize Theron is still on board as the evil queen Ravenna, so there is one big-league actress with the project.
Would you prefer Universal cast an unknown or a big star as Snow White?