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Anthony Breznican
July 15, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Sean Bean is in talks to join the as-yet-untitled fairy-tale adventure starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, according to sources close to the production. The English actor’s deal is nearly finished, and he will join the production already underway in Montreal. Lily Collins plays the title character in the movie (due March 16), while The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer co-stars as the prince caught between them as the innocent Snow White is manipulated and menaced by her wicked stepmother.

Where Bean’s character fits in is anyone’s guess, though smart money is on him not surviving to see this war between the fairest-of-them-all play out in its entirety. What’s with this guy and troubled patres familias?

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