Charlize Theron Skips J. Edgar for Snow White and Huntsman and, Possibly, the Alien Prequel Too
01.11.11 by Ryan
Charlize Theron's name is being bandied about for several upcoming projects, but one movie she won't be doing is Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar.
Deadline reports that Theron is signing on to play the evil queen in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, a revised version of the classic fairy tale. Newcomer Evan Daugherty wrote the script, with commercial director Rupert Sanders set to make his directorial debut. Johnny Depp was reportedly sought for the Huntsman role last October, but was never confirmed. Michael Fassbender was rumored for the role in December, along with Riley Keough as the possible lead contender for Snow White. The movie may not have a confirmed cast, but already has a release date of December 21, 2012.
Snow White and the Huntsman may not be the only project that convinced Theron to skip J. Edgar. Vulture reports that 20th Century Fox is smitten with the actress for the main character of Elizabeth Shaw in director Ridley Scott's Alien prequel. According to the report, Scott is still hoping to cast Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, but Fox is "nervous" to put a relative unknown in the role, which is being beefed up in rewrites. Theron will get a new draft this month and make her decision "soon."
The casting news is far from official, with Vulture's report coming from "knowledgeable insiders". The site also reported some Alien Prequel rumors in December — notably that the movie would be a two-part reboot titled "Paradise" — which were debunked by a Fox executive. Vulture maintains that Michelle Yeoh and, once again, Michael Fassbender, are up for roles in the movie, which will take place years before the 1979 original.