The “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel has lost its princess in actress Kristen Stewart.
Despite Universal executive’s previous claims that Stewart, 24, would not be booted from "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" following her affair with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, in 2012, The Wrap confirmed rumors Thursday that the actress has not been invited back to star in the upcoming installment.
“Kristen Stewart is not expected to return for ‘SWATH 2,’” said the site, adding reassurance to fans that the former lead may be asked to briefly reprise her role, saying, “Since no script has been finalized, if Stewart does return, her appearance would likely be limited to a cameo or a handful of brief scenes.”
While studios executives are reportedly planning for the film's 2016 debut, a majority of Stewart’s fans are already beginning to share their plans to boycott the saga's sequel following the casting shakeup.
“I’m sorry but if they even dare to make Snow White and the Huntsman 2 WITHOUT Kristen Stewart NO ONE WILL WATCH IT,” said one fierce fan of the “Twilight” star Thursday. “Kristen Stewart/Snow White does not deserve a cameo … She is the title character!” one follower tweeted to Universal. "Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is coming... but without Kristen Stewart and Snow White" what in god's name is the point then?” posted another fan Friday.
With Stewart reportedly off the cast roster, filmmakers are rumored to be reworking the fantasy film’s title to feature its new lead, Chris Hemsworth, who starred as Snow White’s love interest the Huntsman in the 2012 feature. “The spinoff may drop ‘Snow White’ form the title and rebrand with a Huntsman-centric title,” reported the site.
Charlize Theron, a fellow original “SWATH” star, will reportedly reprise her critically-acclaimed role playing villain Revenna, the feature’s original director, however, has not been asked to return. While Frank Darabont “Walking Dead” fame has not officially signed on to the project, studio insiders claim he is in “early talks” to head the film in place of Sanders, 43.
Stewart’s fans can catch her on the big screen in the drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” this December. Despite having five other projects in the lineup, Stewart is also reportedly a top contender to star in Bill Condon’s live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast.”