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'The Hunstman' Axes Most of the Dwarves

The Huntsman continues to separate itself from its predecessor, 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.

In addition to ditching Snow White, the Universal Pictures sequel -- or it is a spinoff? -- will also feature just two of the eight dwarves, although it's not exactly clear which they'll be.

Deadline reports that, of the original group, Nion, Coll and Duir are definitely out, as actors Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan have decided not to return alongside Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Bob Hoskins, who played Muir, passed away in April, while Brian Gleeson's character Gus was killed in the first film. That would seem to leave three -- Ian McShane's Beith, Johnny Harris' Quert and Ray Winstone's Gort -- from which two choose.

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The possibility of shifting the focus from Kristen Stewart's Snow White to Hemsworth's Huntsman first circulated in August 2012, just a few months after the movie's June 1, 2012 debut. Other more recent changes include Frank Darabont's departure, Emily Blunt's addition as the villain and the original film's visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan signing on to direct.

The Huntsman is schedule to open on April 22, 2016.

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