Kristen Stewart did not reprise her lead role of Snow White in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” but she wants the world to know she was in talks to star. Three weeks after Universal’s fantasy film premiered in theaters, the actress is opening up about why she didn’t come back for the second installment.
After 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” grossed over $396 million at the worldwide box office, returning for a sequel might have seemed like a no-brainer, but for Stewart, it was more complicated than that. The 26-year-old film star says she was in talks with the studio about a second film, but things didn’t fall into place.
“I read a few scripts. None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able,” Stewart told Variety of the project. She added she met with Universal about discussing “the places where the story could go” but speculates that her former co-star Chris Hemsworth, who leads the 2016 sequel alongside Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, was “more into it.” However, after finding out the film would lead with Hemsworth’s prequel story, Stewart said she was asked to make a cameo appearance.
While the actress did not get to reprise her role as Snow White, she insists her scandalous affair in 2012 with then-married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders did not get her bumped from the project. “It wasn’t a situation where I got kicked off a movie because I got in trouble,” she explained. “We had been in talks months after that about making something work, and it never came together.”
Stewart’s nonappearance in “Winter’s War” isn’t weighing heavily on her. She has several projects coming up. The sci-fi romance “Equals,” with Nicholas Hoult, premieres May 26 and her project with Woody Allen, “Café Society,” hits theaters in July. Ang Lee’s buzzed about “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” premieres in November shortly after the release of the thriller “Personal Shopper” from writer-director Olivier Assayas. Stewart has also signed on to a film about Lizzie Borden.