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Universal Finds Dwarfs for ‘Huntsman’ Spinoff

Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith will join Nick Frost as some of the dwarfs in Universal’s “The Huntsman,” starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain are also on board to join the film. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing.

Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron), intersected before they met Snow White. Details on Chastain’s character are also under wraps.

Frank Darabont, who was previously attached to direct before falling off, wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

The pic is set to bow on April 22, 2016. Universal VP of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

Brydon was most recently seen in Disney’s “Cinderella” and is repped by Mosaic and United Agents. Roach, who is repped by Troika and WME, was last seen in “Testament for Youth.”

Smith is best known for her work on the TV series “Mrs. Biggs.” She is repped by Independent Talent Group.

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