The Huntsman: Winter’s War is an upcoming British-American dark fantasy action-adventure film, and is a prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, based on the characters from the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. It is the directing debut of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who acted as visual effects supervisor on the first film, and is written by Craig Mazin, Martin Solibakke and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost and Sam Claflin reprising their roles, along with newcomers Emily Blunt, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain. Principal photography began on April 6, 2015. The film is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2016.
Long before dying at the hands of Snow White, the evil Queen Ravenna ruled as the fairest in the land. But when her younger sister, the kind and loving Freya, gives birth to a baby girl destined to vanquish Ravenna as the most beautiful in the kingdom, Ravenna destroys the child, drowning Freya in grief and resulting in a deadly power that has the ability to freeze any enemy. Determined to unleash her vengeance on her sister, Freya builds an army, training warriors from a young age to fight for her cause and asking of them only one thing: forever harden your hearts to love.
As her warriors grow, Freya learns that the Huntsman and his lover, Sara, have betrayed the only rule they were supposed to follow, and banished them from her army. Years later, when Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she resurrects Ravenna from the Mirror’s golden depths, the wicked sister threatens this enchanted land with twice the darkness it’s ever seen. Now, her amassing army shall prove unbeatable unless Freya can get the banished Huntsmen and the warrior who broke their Queen’s cardinal rule to fight their way back to one another.