Kristen Stewart courted for "Snow White"

Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:12am EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Is Kristen Stewart the fairest of them all?

The "Twilight" star is on the list for the role of Snow White in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman."

The movie, being directed by Rupert Sanders, is in deep casting mode, with Viggo Mortensen entering negotiations to play the Huntsman earlier Wednesday. Charlize Theron is in negotiations to play the evil queen.

Stewart's is a name that Universal has kept coming back to since acquiring the project even as it went through a series of screen tests with actresses such as Riley Keough, Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander. Emily Browning tested this past weekend.

Stewart has reached a point in her career where testing isn't required. She has focused on indie projects in between the vampire romancers, and this could become her first studio project since becoming a big name. It also would put her in the shoes of an iconic character.

She is currently shooting the "Breaking Dawn" movies, but the Snow White team has been making repeated overtures even as late as last week.

The retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale plays up the character of the Huntsman, a secondary character in the centuries-old tale, who becomes Snow White's protector and mentor.

Another Snow White project is in development at indie financier Relativity Media, which has Tarsem Singh ("The Cell") on board to direct its untitled movie. The action begins with the evil stepmother killing Snow White's father and destroying the kingdom. The heroine then bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarves to reclaim what is rightly hers.