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No telling if the timeless fable of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ would be complete without a handsome prince. Sam Claflin (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’) accompanies the film’s cast of international superstars as William, the young duke long enchanted by Snow White’s defiance and innate purity.
In this version William is Snow White’s closest childhood friend and the son of Duke Hammond, a former consort of the king. When Ravenna’s dark army took control of the castle and Snow White was imprisoned, Sam Claflin character fled with his father to the outlying lands populated by trolls, dwarves and fairies. They have spent years amassing an army to protect what’s left of the kingdom from the venomous woman who has upset the natural order of the world. When William learns that his boyhood love is still alive, the expert marksman vows to find Snow White and never leave her again.
Claflin shares a bit about his character’s motivation: “William strives to make the world a better place and does so by disobeying his father’s orders, which obviously makes him quite rebellious. But he’s doing it for what he believes is the good of the world. So, he’s a very respectable bloke.”
Tired of living in exile, William is ready to reclaim the kingdom for the people who have been oppressed by an entity whose powers seem to know no end. He finds an ally in his childhood friend Snow White. Adds Claflin: “He knows that there’s more to life than living behind these tall, big walls, and his father is just playing it safe and wants no one to have to risk their lives. William believes that you have to take a risk to make something better.”
About the casting of Claflin and William’s part in this story, director Rupert Sanders offers: “Sam played it excellently, and William is a difficult one to play, because the Huntsman is so charismatic because he’s the bad guy, the one we love to hate and hate to love. But we’ve tried to make William dynamic.
He’s the warrior son of a statesman father, and he’s out there fighting and training on his own. The image that scarred him as a child is that his betrothed, Snow White, was ripped out of his hands during a battle when Ravenna kills the king and takes over the castle. We were all so impressed by how well Sam handled a very tough part.”
Supporting talent brought on to the film include Sam Spruell as the villainous Finn, Ravenna’s brother, a henchman who does whatever evil his sister bids of him. Vincent Regan plays the brave Duke Hammond, King Magnus’ former second-in-command (and William’s father) who has taken his people to the outer lands.
Noah Huntley portrays the ill-fated King Magnus, whose early death throws the land into deep despair, while Liberty Ross plays Magnus’ dearly departed first bride, the young princess’ mother. Lily Cole plays the young handmaiden Greta, whose youth is drained by Ravenna. Finally, in her feature-film debut, Raffey Cassidy portrays Snow White as a young girl.
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