Kristen Stewart stays Snow White, with Jodie's love
Kristen Stewart may reprise her role as Snow White after all. Universal Pictures has denied a report stating that the studio had dropped her from the project in the aftermath of her infidelities with the original Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
"We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we're currently exploring all options to continue the franchise," Donna Langely, the co-chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement to TheWrap. "Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false."
The Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources on Tuesday saying Universal dropped Stewart from the next movie in the franchise.
Universal has been planning a sequel to this summer's movie, which was a modest success at the box-office, with a production budget of US$170 million and a global gross of roughly US$389 million.
It appears Universal is particularly interested in a spin-off focused on the Huntsman character, played by Chris Hemsworth. Whether the next movie is a straight-up sequel or a spin-off, the studio isn't searching for a new Snow White. Another individual with knowledge of the situation corroborated this to TheWrap.
The studio is looking to hire new writers as David Koepp was hired to write a sequel rather than a spin-off. It remains unclear whether Sanders would direct, though it's hard to imagine he would be given the recent tabloid frenzy sparked by his extramarital romance with Kristen.
Meanwhile, Kristen has found her white knight during her time of personal and professional turmoil. And that white knight is Jodie Foster. Kristen's co-star in the 2002 film Panic Room has penned a lengthy essay reflecting on her plight.
The take-away message from Foster's essay? The invasion of privacy created by tabloid and paparazzi culture can be a soul-crushing experience for a young actor, and Kristen's personal life is nobody's business but her own.
In the essay, published by the Daily Beast on Wednesday, Foster criticises what she calls "the gladiator sport of celebrity culture," adding, "if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started."
Blasting those who have become obsessed with Kristen's entangled love life, Jodie writes, "Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone's privacy, to destroy someone's sense of self."
Kristen 'fessed up and apologised for the dalliance with Sanders last month, shortly after Us Weekly published pictures of the two of them canoodling.
"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," Kristen said in a statement. "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardised the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."
Published: 17th August 2012