Universal Wants Hugh Jackman For <i>Snow White And The Huntsman</i>

With The Wolverine in a holding pattern because of the surprise departure of director Darren Aronofsky and the earthquake in Japan, Deadline reports that Universal is looking to take advantage of the situation by offering Hugh Jackman a lead role in Snow White and the Huntsman.

That's, of course, the part of the huntsman, left vacant after Viggo Mortensen  withdrew late last month from prolonged and, by some accounts, contentious negotiations.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, the Universal film boasts stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, but faces  competition from the Tarsem Singh-helmed Brothers Grimm: Snow White at Relativity Media, which features Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Lily Collins.

While Jackman remains committed to The Wolverine -- Duncan Jones and David Slade are mentioned as possible replacements for Aronofsky -- Deadline contends that Huntsman remains a possibility for the actor, namely because Fox doesn't have to rush into The Wolverine. The studio is apparently confident that director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class will keep the franchise in play, and its summer 2012 lineup is looking strong.

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