Fairy tale feud

Dueling "Snow Whites": Kristen Stewart and Lily Collins will both portray the classic fairy tale princess in upcoming competing films.

I’m not sure whether it’s just coincidence, or whether it’s a deliberate face-off, but next year two studios will be releasing competing versions of the classic “Snow White” fairy tale.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is produced by Universal Pictures and stars Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as the huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the evil  queen. The release date hasn’t been determined.

The other “Snow White” film, produced by Relativity Media, still is untitled and will be released on March 16. It starts Lily Collins (“Abduction”) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the prince, Julia Roberts as the evil queen, and Sean Bean (“Lord of the Rings”) as the king.

As to which film will be better is anyone’s guess, at least at this point. Although the Relativity Media project claims to be a “dark twist on the classic fairy tale,” the production photos — filled with brightly-colored, whimsical costumes — make it seem to be the more traditional, “Disney-like” of the two films. I’m also curious to see whether Julia Roberts can shed her “nice girl” image and pull off playing the evil queen.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” appears to take a less traditional approach, turning Snow White into more of a warrior princess. In production photos, she can even be seen wearing a full suit of armor (not exactly your typical damsel in distress). It appears to be more of a fantasy film in the style of “Lord of the Rings.”

Both films have some good supporting cast members (I’m a big fan of Chris Hemsworth and Sean Bean), and it’ll be interesting to see which film triumphs at the box office.

For more on these two films, as well as production photos, see www.imdb.com.

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