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Jessica Chastain, Fierce Warrior in "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

Jessica Chastain, Fierce Warrior in "The Huntsman: Winter's War"Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Martian”) has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses of her generation. Now, she stars opposite Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in Universal Pictures' fantasy adventure “The Huntsman: Winter's War.”

Finding an actor of an equal caliber to play alongside Hemsworth as Sara, Eric the Huntsman's true love, was perhaps the production’s greatest challenge. Indeed, a great warrior with a heart as true as Eric’s, Sara required an actress with true power. And Jessica Chastian fits the part brilliantly.


Sara finds it impossible to believe that Eric has remained true to her all these years apart, and refuses to forgive him for what she believes he once did. When she is left with no other choice, she joins him on an epic journey; but she’d just as soon take a knife to his throat as she would trust him again. “She’s trying to figure out if she’s worthy enough to be loved,” explains Chastain. “That’s a big hurdle for her, and she has a lot of trust issues to overcome.”

Jessica Chastain, Fierce Warrior in "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
Chastain admits that she responded immediately to Sara’s journey. “I liked where she began and where she ended,” she states, “and I liked the secrets she holds. It was a character I’d never played before. I like the physicality, and I’ve done a lot of films that are dark and heavy, so I wanted to do something where I’m having a good time. This might be the most fun I’ve ever had.”

The approach to Chastain began at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. Hemsworth and Chastain share an agent, and Hemsworth pitched the character and promised to send a script. The actress’ first question, according to Hemsworth, was, “Do I get to kick ass in this movie?”

“She gets to kick a whole lot more butt in this than she’s done in the past,” Hemsworth confirms. “Most of my work in the film is with Jessica. She has a great sense of humor, and we had a good amount of banter back and forth. It was quite brotherly/sisterly at times. We wound each other up, and we had great fun.”

“Jessica brings a huge amount of variety,” says director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. “Sara wasn’t a character she’d played before, but she gave her all. She wanted to do the training; she wanted to be ready. She came to set knowing those routines, and they are really out there. She spins, kicks and twists her blades, and she loved it. We had a great time filming those scenes together.”

For Chastain, having a director open enough to listen was essential. “I worried if you’re doing a big fantasy film, whether you might lose some of your own reality in it. Reality is the most important thing when I approach a character. But Cedric listened and inspired me, and he would say something that led my character in a new direction. When I asked a question he’d listen and build on that.”

Jessica Chastain, Fierce Warrior in "The Huntsman: Winter's War"The casting of Theron, Blunt and Chastain demonstrates the emphasis the filmmakers placed on writing strong, complex characters across the board, especially for women. “One of the main reasons I wanted to do the film, in addition to working with Chris, was that it showcased incredible parts for women,” says Chastain, who has long campaigned for more inclusive cinema. “I knew Charlize and Emily were attached when I got the script, and I’m tired of being the only woman on a set. Stories, even fantasy like this, should represent our world, and I was really, really pleased with the fabulous roles for women that were written into this film.”

Concludes Nicolas-Troyan: “This is a female-driven film, even more than the first one. The great thing about Jessica’s character is she doesn’t need saving by the Huntsman. They can be there for one another and kick ass together, but they’re as strong as each other…and stronger together.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 13, “The Huntsman: Winter's War” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Eric, The Huntsman Propels New Story of “WINTER'S WAR”

The fantastical world of “Snow White and the Huntsman” expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined, in Universal Pictures' new fantasy adventure “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

(Watch the film's Eric-centered trailer below)


In 2012, “Snow White and the Huntsman” breathed new life into the fairy-tale genre with a dark, epic take on the classic story. The film, which starred Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office and delighted audiences across the globe.
 
When it came time to consider a return to the dark fantasy world the creators had imagined, the producers decided to explore a story touched upon in the original, which alluded to the Hunstman Eric’s past love and her tragic death. In Hemsworth’s capable hands, the Huntsman proved to be such a popular character, and the notion of two parallel stories in this newly created universe appealed to all involved.

Eric, The Huntsman Propels New Story of “WINTER'S WAR”
 
The script, by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin, based upon Evan Daugherty’s characters, tells of Eric’s doomed first—and only—true love, how they were brought together and how they were torn apart. Nested in this universe, it also serves as an origin story for the Huntsman, who arrived in the first adventure not as a mystery, but fully formed.

With the evil Queen Ravenna apparently defeated, everyone is living happily ever after in the kingdom under the reign of the rightful queen, Snow White. But when she banishes the Magic Mirror from her castle and it goes missing, Prince William can rely on only one man to bring it back: Eric the Huntsman. As Eric journeys to keep the Mirror’s power out of dark hands and uncover the mystery of the one responsible for its theft, ghosts from his past return and he faces the greatest adventure of his life.

Hemsworth explains that his draw to the prequel story had very much to do with the themes it explores. “We don’t survive without love in any form,” he notes. “This movie asks the question about what love means to Eric, and what he’ll do for it.”

Eric, The Huntsman Propels New Story of “WINTER'S WAR”
 
It was important to the filmmaking team that this chapter unveils even more for the audience. Truly, the story tells another piece of the puzzle—one that’s always been there, but unknown until now. “The greatest thing about this world,” notes director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, “is that it’s this wonderful in-between. It’s not a full fantasy world, and it’s not a fully historical one. Anchored within this pseudo-historic world, you can throw in magic and romance and more.”

In Hemsworth’s Eric we saw a capable warrior and man of the woods—someone loyal and true, but not quick to share his feelings with the world. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” explores Eric’s past, and we come to learn that he is far from alone.

“When you first saw Eric in `Snow White and the Huntsman,' he was a drunk and a lost man,” reflects Hemsworth. “He had been living in despair and pity due to the loss of his wife. When he meets Snow White, he’s reborn, and so when you pick up with him in this movie, he has his soul back and is living a quiet life in the wilderness.”

The director agrees with Hemsworth that the appeal of this universe lies as much in its heart as it does its muscle. “It’s not about saving the world,” announces Nicolas-Troyan. “This is emotionally driven, and it’s a love story. I can put in all the monsters and all the cool shots in the world, but if—at the end of the day—I’m not being carried away by the characters on screen and the emotional content of what they’re doing, I’m not going to have anything to grab onto.”

Eric, The Huntsman Propels New Story of “WINTER'S WAR”
Opening across the Philippines on April 13, “The Huntsman: Winter's War” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.