The Axe-wielding hunter/hero has returned once again for a new adventure. The Huntsman: Winter's war will mark the second entry in the dark-fantasy film series that began in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman which paired Hemsworth with Kristen Stewart playing the title character of Snow White as they join forces to defeat the Evil queen Ravenna and break her iron grip over the land. The film won't be directed by Rupert Sanders this time around who is gearing up to helm a live-action feature based on the popular anime Ghost in the shell.
Here's the plot synopsis:
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya, suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young Ice Queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly Huntsmen – including Eric and warrior Sara – only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister's demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she resurrects Ravenna from the Mirror's golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkness it's ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove unbeatable unless the banished Huntsmen who broke their Queen's cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
This new film will see the return of numerous characters from the first movie, as well as introducing new faces. This time around there will be more female stars in the film thanks to the addition of Emily Blunt who be playing the Ice queen Freya, sister of Charlize Theron's Evil queen. There is also Jessica Chastain, who will be playing a warrior that becomes romantically linked to Hemsworth's Eric. The Huntsman's origins will be further explored and explained, which could answer questions raised in the first movie such as what happened to Eric's wife and how he became a cynical drunk forced to serve Ravenna.
Huntsman: Winter's War could be one of most important films in the series, assuming if there is a third, since the film could possibly top its predecessor in terms of action and story while still being a fun film that audiences can enjoy. There are also a slew of reasons why this film will be a success like the first film, one being the fact that the first film hit its mark and people turned out to see it, which proves that there is an audience willing to keep coming back for more. Second, the cast is stacked and packed with big-name stars that are sure to draw the attention of those who don't regularly watch films that fall under this movie's designated genre. The box-office could be a bit of an uphill battle, but it has a good chance of staying afloat during opening weekend if interest remains steady.