A Tale of Two Snow Whites

'Mirror Mirror' (left) and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' (right)

It’s happened before in Hollywood history. Two movies about the same (or incredibly similar) subject matter, filming simultaneously. Deep Impact and Armageddon. Volcano and Dante’s Peak. The Prestige and The Illusionist. Antz and A Bug’s Life. It happens as a quirk of the convoluted nature of studio productions, but at the box office, there can only be one winner.

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First out of the gate in this case is Mirror Mirror, from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall, and Immortals). Its one above-the-title star is Julia Roberts, who takes on the role of the Evil Queen. As you can see in the just-released trailer, this one has a very playful vibe, and isn’t afraid to throw 21st Century jargon into its characters’ dialogue. It’s written by virtual unknowns Jason Keller and Melissa Wallack, so we have very little to base expectations on, aside from Singh’s typically over-the-top, wildly colorful aesthetic.

Mirror Mirror also stars The Blind Side‘s Lily Collins as Snow White and The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer as the Prince. In this movie, the seven dwarves are Robin Hood-esque bandits who live in the woods, and they come to her aid and help her learn how to defend herself from the Queen. But this is really Julia Roberts’ movie, and the trailer sells this above all else. Mirror Mirror hits theaters March 16, 2012.

Snow White and the Huntsman is the first full-length film for director Rupert Sanders, but he’s directed some short films and music videos, and more than a dozen effects-heavy commercials, including the popular “Believe” spot for Halo 3 and that cool “There’s a Soldier In All of Us” ad for Call of Duty: Black Ops. (You can view most of his work here.) It stars Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart as the title character, Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as the other title character. But the movie’s buzz is all about Charlize Theron’s inspired turn as the wicked Queen Ravenna, one nasty piece of work that you really don’t want to cross.

Huntsman remakes the fairy tale as a medieval epic, where the Huntsman ordered by the Queen to take Snow White into the woods to kill her takes a shine to the lovely lady and decides instead to train her in the art of war, so she can take on the Queen herself. There’s also a handsome prince (Sam Claflin), but who knows why the story even needed him when it’s got Chris Hemsworth looking all Old Spice rugged? Will he get the girl? Will everyone else be overshadowed by Theron chewing up scenery? Can Kristen Stewart project anything other than sour and surly? We’ll find out when Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters as a summer tentpole on June 1, 2012.

Predictions, anyone? Which appeals to you more, and which do you think will win? I mean, I like Julia Roberts as much as the next guy, but Theron’s queen would win any fight.

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Unathletic, uncoordinated tall man with endless creativity stampeding through his overactive brain. Comes with beard, wife, and two miniature humans. Novelist. General blogger and main Gaming Geek for ForeverGeek. Lead Blogger, Apple Gazette.

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