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UPDATE! Ian McShane cast as the lead dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman

Jun. 23, 2011by: George Merchan
UPDATE 2: Bravo, Universal! Ray Winstone (HUGO CABRET) is said to have landed the role of 'Trajan', the seventh and final dwarf in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, according to THR.

So, it's going to be...

Ian McShane as the leader Caesar
Bob Hoskins as the blind Constantine
Eddie Izzard as the burly Tiberius
Toby Jones as the timid Claudius
Ray Winstone as the twin Trajan
Eddie Marsan as the twin Hadrian
Stephen Graham as the angry Nero

/Film, however, believes that there may be an eighth dwarf - 'Gus' - that's appeared in other incarnations of the film's screenplay. If that character is still in the latest drafts that writer Evan Spiliotopoulos is currently working on, then I imagine we can expect to hear about that casting soon as well.


UPDATE 1: THR is now reporting that Bob Hoskins (SUPER MARIO BROS.), Eddie Izzard (VALKYRIE), and Toby Jones (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) are all in negotiations to join Ian McShane as fellow dwarfs in Rupert Sanders's Snow White re-imagining. Hoskins would play the blind Constantine, Izzard the burly Tiberius, and Jones the timid Claudius. Actors Eddie Marsan (WAR HORSE) and Stephen Graham (TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY) are in negotiations to play unspecified dwarfs as well.

June 21, 2011: Relativity's untitled Snow White project from director Tarsem Singh (IMMORTALS) may have gotten the jump on Universal's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN in the release date department, but the latter is arguably boasting the stronger and more interesting cast of the two (so far).

THR's Heat Vision is reporting that Ian McShane ("Deadwood") has been brought in to play 'Caesar', the leader of the dwarfs, in the Rupert Sanders-directed film. The revisionist take will incorporate the dwarfs in a different manner by having each one named after a Roman ruler (e.g. Caesar, Claudius, Constantine, Gus, Hadrian, Nero, Trajan, and Tiberius). The film "features Snow White (Kristen Stewart) as a princess who escapes her evil stepmother (Charlize Theron) with the help of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was to have killed her but now trains the princess to survive and fight back."

Tarsem Singh's version is beginning production right now for a March 16, 2012 release, while HUNTSMAN won't get underway until sometime in August with a release currently set for June 1, 2012. McShane, meanwhile, can be seen right now (though I'd advise against it) in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.
Extra Tidbit: McShane is currently filming on Bryan Singer's JACK THE GIANT KILLER as 'King Brahmwell'.
Source: THR

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7:16AM on 06/21/2011

Ian McShane...

single-handedly changes this from something I had no interest in seeing, into something I am very interested in seeing.
single-handedly changes this from something I had no interest in seeing, into something I am very interested in seeing.
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6:57AM on 06/22/2011
lol @ Hoskins being credited for Super Mario Bros of all things.
lol @ Hoskins being credited for Super Mario Bros of all things.
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9:29AM on 06/21/2011
Now I'll watch this if they get Malcolm McDowell to play the dwarf Caligula.
Now I'll watch this if they get Malcolm McDowell to play the dwarf Caligula.
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11:41AM on 06/22/2011

(super mario bros.)

wow, making a movie i really wanted to hate a little more interesting. love mcshane after deadwood and hoskins is badass. love the mario credit
wow, making a movie i really wanted to hate a little more interesting. love mcshane after deadwood and hoskins is badass. love the mario credit
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11:17AM on 06/22/2011

Cocksucker

I hope Ian McShane's dwarf says "Cocksucker" a few times. McShane is awesome especially bcos he supports Man Utd.
I hope Ian McShane's dwarf says "Cocksucker" a few times. McShane is awesome especially bcos he supports Man Utd.
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12:49PM on 06/23/2011
This crew is sounding more like a bunch of London East End mobsters. Which isn't such a bad thing.
This crew is sounding more like a bunch of London East End mobsters. Which isn't such a bad thing.
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10:01AM on 06/22/2011
So the dwarfs are going to be the best part of the movie.
So the dwarfs are going to be the best part of the movie.
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12:16PM on 06/21/2011
I like the idea of two movies with the same characters coming out around the same time. Because maybe they will actually care more about making the movie perfect. Face it, they could release a crappy movie about Snow White and it would make a ton of cash because of the subject. But they'll be competing for the audience, so both may be good.
I like the idea of two movies with the same characters coming out around the same time. Because maybe they will actually care more about making the movie perfect. Face it, they could release a crappy movie about Snow White and it would make a ton of cash because of the subject. But they'll be competing for the audience, so both may be good.
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11:48AM on 06/21/2011
Hope his character calls everyone else's characters cocksuckers.
Hope his character calls everyone else's characters cocksuckers.
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7:35AM on 06/21/2011

Wait... So is one of the dwarfs secretly a villain?

Cuz that's got to be the most intimidating 'Doc' ever.
Cuz that's got to be the most intimidating 'Doc' ever.
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11:14AM on 06/21/2011
Well, this is a plus.
Well, this is a plus.
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9:05AM on 06/22/2011
So, if I were to pick a Snow White movie to see. That is IF I were to, then there's the Tarsem movie with actual dwarves, or this Rupert Sanders guy's movie with a bunch of British actors I have all sorts of respect for. I still don't think Kristen Stewart can be fairer than Charlize Theron though.
So, if I were to pick a Snow White movie to see. That is IF I were to, then there's the Tarsem movie with actual dwarves, or this Rupert Sanders guy's movie with a bunch of British actors I have all sorts of respect for. I still don't think Kristen Stewart can be fairer than Charlize Theron though.
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11:03AM on 06/21/2011
Welcome to fucking Deadwood!
Welcome to fucking Deadwood!
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11:18AM on 06/22/2011

GREW UP ...

... watching Lovejoy. That's when McShane earned my deepest respect.
... watching Lovejoy. That's when McShane earned my deepest respect.
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12:27PM on 06/21/2011
I like Ian in most anything hell I even like him in Hot Rod..but this Snow White movie sounds like a buttload of shit.
I like Ian in most anything hell I even like him in Hot Rod..but this Snow White movie sounds like a buttload of shit.
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12:33PM on 06/23/2011
If I was Kristen Stewart, I would be worried. She will look like a fish out of water against all these veteran actors. She will probably be the weak link in the film. I am curious how she will look against all of these other actors.
If I was Kristen Stewart, I would be worried. She will look like a fish out of water against all these veteran actors. She will probably be the weak link in the film. I am curious how she will look against all of these other actors.
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11:22AM on 06/21/2011
Ugh. This dude is getting old, make a Deadwood movie already! Just replace Kristen Stewart with Olyphant and you're halfway there!
Ugh. This dude is getting old, make a Deadwood movie already! Just replace Kristen Stewart with Olyphant and you're halfway there!
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12:38PM on 06/23/2011
None of these actors are fucking dwarves. I haven't been this angry since they failed to cast real Hobbits in Lord of the Rings. I call new 'black-face'.
None of these actors are fucking dwarves. I haven't been this angry since they failed to cast real Hobbits in Lord of the Rings. I call new 'black-face'.
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