Ian McShane to Play Dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman
06.21.11 by BJSprecher
Relativity Media recently debuted the first piece of promo art for its upcoming Snow White adaptation, director Tarsem Singh's Untitled Snow White Project (formerly titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White), in a two-page ad announcing the start of principal photography.
Seemingly in an effort to gain some sort of exposure for its own Snow White adaptation in development, Universal Pictures has announced that the first of Snow White's (Kristen Stewart) seven dwarfs has been cast in Snow White and the Huntsman. According to THR, Ian McShane, who most recently appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as Blackbeard, has signed on to play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs, in director Rupert Sanders' adaptation of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
Unlike Relativity's movie, which is being promoted as a "comedic adventure," Universal's adaptation seems to be going for a more serious, action-oriented take. The studio hired Hossein Amini (Drive) to rewrite the original script by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Pooh's Huffalump Movie) and cast the brawny Australian star of Thor, Chris Hemsworth, as the Huntsman, a worldly warrior who was supposed to kill Snow White for the Queen (Charlize Theron), but ends up sparing her life and training her to fight instead. Sam Claflin, who also recently appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will play a young Prince in the movie.