Things are turning from bad to worse for Kristen Stewart. Following her extremely public affair with the married director of her blockbuster, Snow White & the Huntsman, The Hollywood Reporter has now received information from several sources that Universal – the studio that produced the intended franchise-kickstarter – has dropped the young star from the sequel. Instead, THR is reporting that the studio is now planning to retool the sequel towards co-star Chris Hemsworth‘s “Huntsman” character – and away from Stewart completely. Insiders claim that it was always the plan to make a pair of Snow White films and then spin off a Huntsman film, but recent events may have expedited the process. David Koepp, who was hired to write the sequel, has apparently now been settled out of his contract, seeing as the film the studio now intends to make bears no resemblance to the one he’s currently writing.
Though it’s unclear at this point whether Rupert Sanders – the director and half of the romantic scandal – will return, one source claims he will. Interestingly, this comes on the heels of speculation that Sanders was the less likely of the two to return, as he is an easily replaceable director at the beginning of his feature film career. No reason or information is currently available for why Stewart is not returning, or whether it be of her own volition or a decision forced upon her by the studio. Financing may also be a factor, coming off of a recent Forbes claim that Stewart is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. This, in conjunction with the recent scandal and Chris Hemsworth’s increased demand due to The Avengers, may just be all the reason the studio needs to retool the planned franchise. ~Devin Garabedian