Ray Winstone is in final talks to play a warrior dwarf in Universal’s action adventure film Snow White and the Huntsman being directed by Rupert Sanders. Earlier we reported that Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones had been cast, as well as Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham.
Each of the dwarfs are named after Roman emperors with McShane playing the group’s leader, Caesar, Jones as a timid dwarf named Claudius and Izzard playing Tiberius, described as the biggest and burliest of the crew. Hoskins will play Constantine, a blind dwarf, Graham an angry-looking dwarf named Nero. Winstone will play Trajan, the twin brother of Hadrian (Marsan). Kristen Stewart is set to play as Snow White, Charlize Theron will play the evil stepmother, and Chris Hemsworth will take on the role of the burly Eric the Huntsman.
Evan Daugherty wrote the initial script for film and Evan Spiliotopoulos is currently working on a draft as well. The story features an expanded role for the Huntsman, who in the original story lets Snow White go after being ordered to kill her in the woods. In this new version of the story, the Huntsman is haunted by a white wolf that killed his wife, and there's a pervasive sadness about the character that makes the void in his life feel quite real. He'll be chained to Snow White for part of the story as the duo make their escape from a pair of bounty hunters. The Huntsman then serves as a mentor who teaches the teenage Snow White how to fight against her evil step-mother, Ravenna. And just so you know there is a handsome prince involved that will be the love interest.
Snow White and the Huntsman is slated to begin production in August, and Universal will release the film in theaters June 1st 2012.