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Perhaps most famous for his performance as the “Winklevi” in David Fincher’s The Social Network, Armie Hammer has joined the Relativity production The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. According to TheWrap, Hammer will play the prince. He joins Julia Roberts, the only other name that has been long-attached, who will play the wicked queen. As for the fairest of them all, Deadline Hollywood relays that Saoirse Ronan might be seriously in the running.
Hammer was terrific in The Social Network and given that he’s been cast in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar as the title character’s lover, he’s likely got acting chops to spare. When adding his appearance and stature into the equation, this sounds like perfect casting.
As for Ronan, she’s making her way in Hollywood. After picking up an Oscar nod for 2007’s Atonement, she’s led films like Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and will lead the upcoming action film Hanna alongside Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. She’s a terrific young talent who could probably do wonders with this role.
Here’s the press release for Hammer:
“(Beverly Hills, CA) March 26, 2011 – Relativity Media has closed a deal with The Social Network breakthrough star Armie Hammer to play Prince Andrew Alcott in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, based on the Brothers Grimm story, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).
Hammer joins Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts who was previously announced in the role of the Queen. Pre-production has begun, and principal photography will start in May. The theatrical release date is set for June 29, 2012.
Relativity’s Snow White, a retelling of one of the most beloved fables of all-time, will eschew the traditional story in favor of a more modern tale full of comedy and adventure. After her evil stepmother kills her father and destroys the kingdom, Snow White bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim what is rightly hers..
The film’s producers are Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Bernie Goldmann (300) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). The script was written by Melissa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher)
Relativity currently has box office hit Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro, in theatres. The studio recently had Golden Globe®-winner and seven-time Oscar®-nominee The Fighter in theatrical release, via Paramount Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as well as Golden Globe®-winner and eight-time Oscar®-nominee The Social Network via its partnership with Sony Pictures. Looking ahead, Relativity has David R. Ellis’ Shark Night 3D releasing on September 2nd, 2011 and the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11th, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Armie Hammer is currently filming Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. He is represented by WME and attorney Harris Hartman who negotiated the deal with Relativity on his behalf.”
How do you feel about Armie Hammer – and potentially Saoirse Ronan – starring in this one?