Viggo Mortensen was previously in talks for the Huntsman role, followed by Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and Joel Edgerton.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a new take on the classic fairy tale which features an expanded role for the Huntsman. In the fairy tale, he is ordered to take Snow White (Stewart) into the woods and kill her, but instead lets her go. In the new take, the Huntsman is not a love interest but acts more as a mentor, teaching Snow White to fight and survive.
Theron will play the evil queen, while Claflin is set to play Stewart’s love interest, the prince.
Rupert Sanders will direct for a December 21, 2012 release.