Jessica Chastain Joins ‘The Huntsman’ For Universal

Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) has joined the cast of Universal’s The Huntsman opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, who reprise their roles from the first installment of the Snow White redux.

Chastain is currently filming The Martian for Ridley Scott opposite Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara. She also has Guillermo del Toro’s horror pic Crimson Peak in the pipelines.

Emily Blunt, rumored for weeks, has closed her deal to star in the film. Also returning from the first film will be Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), who has now agreed to terms to reprise his role as a dwarf Nion. Deadline first revealed exclusively that Frost and a number of other dwarves would not be coming back, including Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan. It would appear that Frost and the top brass at Universal have now worked it out.

VFX wiz Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who earned a Visual Effects Oscar nom for his work on the first film, takes the helm for his feature directorial debut. Frank Darabont, who had been set to direct before bowing out earlier this year as first revealed by Deadline, wrote the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Joe Roth (Maleficent) returns to produce. Palak Patel will executive produce. VP Production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.

Chastain is represented by CAA, Mosaic and Hansen, Jacobson. Frost is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell, Ltd. in the U.K. and Think Tank Management.

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