87th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsOscar nom Jessica Chastain is the latest high-profile star to join "The Huntsman," Universal's spin-off of the 2012 blockbuster "Snow White and the Huntsman." It's taken a while for this big budget fantasy flick to get off the ground, but with the recent hire of Emily Blunt and now Chastain, it seems this team is just about ready to go back into the woods.

Chris Hemsworth is returning as the eponymous huntsman, alongside Charlize Theron as Ravenna, the best and meanest screen queen. The project was originally intended as a sequel, but after considerable behind-the-scenes drama, Kristen Stewart's Snow White and director Rupert Sanders were banished from the land. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who was the second unit director on "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Maleficent," will be making his feature-length directorial debut, with a script most recently polished by Frank Darabont. Darabont was also attached to direct but left due to "creative differences."

"The Huntsman" is currently aiming for release on April 22, 2016. Meanwhile, you can catch Chastain in Guillermo del Toro's creepy "Crimson Peak" next October.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]
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