Universal is zoning in on Thor star Chris Hemsworth for the male lead in Snow White and the Huntsman.
After the 52-year-old Viggo Mortensen couldn't come to terms with the studio for the role, they turned to 42-year-old Hugh Jackman, who passed on the part. Now, they're going even younger with the 27-year-old Hemsworth.
The film's plot revolves around the relationship between the Miss White and a huntsman who's ordered to kill the heroine by the Evil Queen (played by Charlize Theron). In this version, the Huntsman decides to help White escape, becoming her protector and mentor along the way. Casting someone like the 27-year-old Hemsworth would bring some interesting love-interest tension when played against the 21-year-old Kristen Stewart (Snow White), perhaps signaling that Universal is considering taking the story in a different direction.
No official offer is on the table yet, but with Hemsworth's commitment to filming Marvel's The Avengers this summer, could his involvement in Snow White be real or just a fantasy?
Snow White and the Huntsman, to be directed by Rupert Sanders, is scheduled to grace theaters on December 21, 2012.