Viggo Mortensen looks likely to sign on for Snow White and the Huntsman opposite Charlize Theron, Variety reports.
The film, designed as a new take on the classic fairy tale, will feature an expanded role for the part of the Huntsman. In the Brothers Grimm version, he is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her, but instead lets her go. In the new take, the Huntsman is not a love interest but, instead, serves as a mentor, teaching Snow White (who currently remains uncast) to fight and survive against the evil queen (Theron).
Snow White and the Huntsman should enter production soon with a release date of December 21, 2012.
UPDATE: Heat Vision adds that “The Twilight Star” Kristen Stewart is being courted for the role of Snow White.