The brewing rivalry between two different “Snow White” projects jumped up a notch today as Relativity Media and Universal Pictures are seeking a major star to play the evil Queen in their respective takes on the fairy tale.
Deadline says Julia Roberts is being sought for Relativity’s “Brothers Grimm: Snow White” while Charlize Theron is in negotiations to play the role in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Relativity’s version is being directed by Tarsem Singh (“The Fall,” “The Cell”) and sticks more closely to the original fairy tale. Rupert Sanders helms Universal’s version which focuses more on the relationship between the Queen’s servant and Snow White after they team up to seek revenge on the Queen. The latter was tipped to have Tom Hardy as the Huntsman, but now Michael Fassbender is apparently the front runner.
What about Snow herself? The Hollywood Reporter says that Riley Keough, Felicity Jones, Bella Heathcoat and Alicia Vikander are the four finalists in contention for the role in the Universal version. All four will screen test in the next week and both films are targeting a 2012 release.