Kristen Stewart‘s career has left the realm of mainstream blockbusters forever, further proven by the fact she has officially been dropped from the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Despite Kristen’s name bringing in a bucket load of Twi-hards for the movie and making over $50 million in its opening weekend, producers have decided that they don’t need Kristen anymore.
It’s been reported in the trades this morning that Walking Dead creator [the show, not the comics] Frank Darabont is in talks to direct the movie, with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reportedly signing on to reprise their roles as the Huntsman and the Evil Queen, respectively.
It’s certainly odd that the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman won’t contain Snow White, but hey, that’s Hollywood for you. After Kristen’s affair with Rupert Sanders on the first film, I don’t think they’re ready for the host of negativity surrounding the sequel.
I’m not sure how they’re planning on bringing back Charlize’s character, since she died in the first film. Some people are suggesting that they could be going the prequel route, but the Huntsman and the Evil Queen meet for the first time in the first film, so they don’t really have a history there, either.
However, what’s annoying is Hollywood’s continued insistence on making male-oriented blockbusters. Yes, Kristen had an affair with her director two years ago, but she was also the reason that SWATH opened big in the first place. Hollywood’s proved over and over again that they have questionable moral ambiguity, so their response to SWATH’s controversy is to throw out the female lead and make it a male-centered action franchise? If they’re going to get rid of Kristen, the least they could do is focus on the Queen instead, no?
It’s annoying and sexist and deplorable, and it shows that Hollywood still hasn’t changed. Rupert Sanders getting fired from the franchise makes sense, but I doubt Kristen is going to go ahead and sleep with Frank Darabont, if that’s their concern. Why get rid of the biggest box office draw in your line-up, despite her personal controversies?
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