Jessica Chastain Joins Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s ‘Huntsman’ Spinoff

Jessica Chastain has closed a deal to join Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in Universal’s “The Huntsman.”

Emily Blunt is also set to join the cast. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing the pic, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing.

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

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’s vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

Chastain ended 2014 with films that ranged from big-budget tentpoles like “Interstellar” to prestige pics like “A Most Violent Year” and “Miss Julie.” The Oscar-nominated actress looks to be retaining such a balance for her next round of films.

She can be seen next in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” which bows in October, and follows that up with Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” debuting in November.

She is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

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