(NEW YORK) — In a summer of highly anticipated movies, Snow White and the Huntsman is holding its own against avenging superheroes and invading alien armies in terms of buzz. The film, a darker take on the Snow White story, stars Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna, and Twilight series star Kristen Stewart as the titular heroine — re-envisioned in this film more warrior princess than damsel in distress.
Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in The Avengers, also stars as the Huntsman, who is sent to bring Snow White to the queen, but has a change of heart.
Snow White and the Huntsman had its premiere in London Monday night, and the stars made something clear: this is no kid’s movie. “It’s a kind of gothic, darker more epic version of it, you know?” Hemsworth said. “It’s similar to Lord of the Rings and Gladiator more so than the clean Disney fairytale we’ve seen before.”
Oscar winner Theron says the movie “is a throwback to the original darker Brothers Grimm,” version of the tale.
Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1.
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