Mirror, mirror on the wall, will this prequel sail or fall? Here’s the new trailer and detailed plot description for Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a return journey to the fairy-tale kingdom of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, this time packaged as a prequel chronicling the fantastical feud between Charlize Theron’s scheming Queen Ravenna and her chilly Ice Witch sister Freya, played with frigid intensity by Emily Blunt. The Asgardian Avenger, Chris Hemsworth, also suits back up in the title role, accompanied by fellow warrior Jessica Chastain in an origin story overstuffed with a monstrous menagerie of CGI creatures and critters.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga. Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
Take a peek and tell us if this magical fable stirs your interest.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, The Huntsman: Winter's War blows into theaters on April 22, 2016, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Sam Claflin and Emily Blunt, with Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith as the Dwarves.