Conflicting reports are coming out about the future of actress Kristen Stewart in the “Snow White and the Huntsman” franchise after Stewart became embroiled in a widely publicized sex scandal involving the married director of the first film in the series.
The Hollywood Reporter says Universal has decided to shelve a sequel starring Stewart, replacing it with a planned solo Huntsman movie focused on the character played by Chris Hemsworth — with Stewart not a part of the project.
Universal denied the report, according to ABCNews.com.
"We are extremely proud of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false,” a representative for the studio said in a statement.
THR noted that it is unclear whether “Snow White” director Rupert Sanders, 41, will return for the next “Huntsman” project.
As previously reported, the cheating scandal caused Stewart’s boyfriend of three years, actor Robert Pattinson, to move out of the home they shared in Los Angeles. Stewart, 22, stars with Pattinson in the "Twilight" film franchise.
THR reports: "It is highly unusual for Hollywood studios to drop stars of franchises between the first and second installments. The original plan, according to sources, was to make two films featuring the Snow White character and a third film spinning off the Huntsman, similar to how Fox’s ‘X-Men’ series has spun off Wolverine.”
The decision to drop Stewart might be related to money, as declining to pick her up could take millions off the budget of a second film in the franchise given Stewart’s hefty salary due to the popularity of the "Twilight" films, the piece adds.