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Darabont and Hemsworth in, Stewart out, for Snow White and the Huntsman prequel

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Aug 1, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT (Updated)

After 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman became a surprise hit, rumblings started ramping up about where to go for a sequel. Now it seems we finally have our answer.

Universal Pictures has confirmed that Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) is locked in to direct a prequel to the original film, which starred Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight). Well, two out of three will be coming back.

According to the official announcement, Hemsworth and Theron will be back for the new film. Hemsworth played the muscle-clad Huntsman, while Theron played Ravenna the Evil Queen. With Stewart apparently not on the cast list (though she could cameo), the project will reportedly focus on “how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White.”

The original film was surprisingly decent, and with Darabont behind the camera and taking a pass at the script, we’re psyched to see where he wants to take the story for the second installment. Considering the new focus on Hemsworth, the prequel will reportedly be titled The Huntsman.

Considering the first film grossed $396 million worldwide, with $115 million in the U.S., it's not much of a surprise that they’ll be going to the well a second time. Plus, by apparently dropping Stewart, it’ll likely help keep the budget down to a reasonable level.

The studio has penciled in the prequel to open Friday, April 22, 2016.

(Via /Film)