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Universal's <i>Snow White</i> Eyes Chris Hemsworth As Huntsman

The casting roulette wheel for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman appears to have settled on Thor star Chris Hemsworth. This week, at least.

Deadline pegs the 27-year-old actor as the frontrunner to star opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in director Rupert Sanders’ retelling of the classic fairy tale.

Hemsworth would, naturally, play the huntsman, a pivotal role left vacant in March when Viggo Mortensen withdrew from prolonged, and apparently dicey, negotiations (one report contends talks fell apart over money, while another says the actor was displeased with a rewrite). Universal then turned its attention to Hugh Jackman, hoping to take advantage of the delay in production of The Wolverine. He passed.

Although Snow White and the Huntsman already has marquee names in Stewart and Theron, faces  competition from the Tarsem Singh-helmed Brothers Grimm: Snow White at Relativity Media, which features Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Lily Collins.

The addition of rising star Hemsworth certainly could give the project a leg up. However, it's unknown whether the actor is interested in Snow White or whether the movie's production schedule -- it's set to begin shooting in mid-September -- will conflict with that of The Avengers.

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