Kristen Stewart’s not the only would-be fairy tale heroine out there with a steely gaze and chutzpah to spare.
Stewart swept aside her pouty Twilight image with a hefty sword as a rebel in Snow White and the Huntsman, but there may be room for other actresses to leap into the franchise, even if Stewart does return for a Huntsman sequel.
Still, sweeping aside a Hollywood Reporter story claiming Stewart was being dropped from any sequels, Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley said in a statement on Wednesday, “We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”
Even with Stewart in the mix, a sequel could include other asskicking female roles in a Snow White-centric Huntsman follow-up or another potential spinoff revolving around costar Chris Hemsworth as the mega-blonde, strapping Huntsman. Maybe he’ll take on Sleeping Beauty next? Regardless, there are a number of young actresses just waiting to pick up the sword/bow-and-arrow/other archaic weapon of choice.
Here are a few we think could take a mighty swing:
Carey Mulligan: Sweet, fresh-faced Mulligan is just so ripe to do some sword wielding, don armor, or at least sport a princess hat with maybe a spiky weapon underneath, and put her British accent to good use. She went nude in Shameless, upped her maturity level playing a single mom in Drive and will channel flapper-era extravagance in The Great Gatsby. Imagine Mulligan as … Rapunzel with hair of steel!
Saoirse Ronan: Ronan was absolutely vicious, with a glint of innocence in her clear blue eyes, in last year’s Hanna. Picture her as a lethal Cinderella, cinched into a sparkling ivory Valentino princess gown and letting Hemsworth’s Huntsman track down her slippers. She may just beat him with one.
Elizabeth Olsen: Olsen certainly knows how to play wounded, traumatized characters, as she did in post-cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. Could she play a wounded, emotionally screwed up Sleeping Beauty? Waiting for the Huntsman to smooch her out of her enchanted, fitful sleep? Surely she could, wearing an enormous metal helmet in a rebellious, modern twist. Who says only Snow White can suit up?
Photo credits: Mulligan: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage.com; Ronan: Jesse Grant/WireImage.com; Olsen: Jemal Countess/WireImage.com