Long before her death, the sorceress Ravenna learns that her younger sister Freya is not only engaged in an illicit affair with the Duke of Blackwood, but is carrying their child. When Freya gives birth to her daughter, the Magic Mirror predicts the infant’s beauty will surpass Ravenna’s and warns her of dire consequences should the infant be harmed. Sometime later, Freya discovers that the Duke has murdered their child and, in a grief-fueled rage, kills him with her long-suppressed ice powers.
Freya abandons the kingdom and builds herself a solitary ice palace deep in the North, murdering anyone who opposes her while amassing an army of children and molding them into trained warriors whose hearts will be forever hardened. When Eric and Sara, two of her most formidable warriors, fall in love and plan to elope, Freya creates a wall of ice to separate them before forcing Eric to watch as Sara is killed. Unbeknownst to Eric, Freya has conjured a vision of Sara dying in order to permanently harden his heart. Sara, meanwhile, watches Eric run away before being taken to the dungeon.
Seven years later, King William of Tabor comes across Eric and informs him that the Magic Mirror was taken while en route to a place known as “Sanctuary”. Eric reluctantly sets off with Nion and Gryff, two of Snow White’s allies, to find the Mirror, unaware that Freya has been secretly observing their conversation through a mask that projects her consciousness in the form of a white owl.
While en route, the trio are attacked by a legion of Freya’s Huntsmen but are rescued by Sara and convince female dwarves Bromwyn and Doreena to help them retrieve the mirror. The group reach the Sanctuary and defeat the goblins who possess the Magic Mirror only to be ambushed by Freya, who reveals Sara was using them the entire time. In the chaos that follows, Nion and Doreena are turned into ice statues and Sara kills Eric. Freya departs with the Mirror, unaware that Eric is still alive.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a 2016 American dark fantasy adventure film and is a prequel 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 and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost and Sam Claflin reprising their roles, who are joined by Emily Blunt, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain. Principal photography began on April 6, 2015. The film was released on April 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom and is scheduled for release in the United States on April 22.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Alexandra Roach, Sam Hazeldine
Screenplay by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin
Production Design by: Dominic Watkins
Cinematography by: Phedon Papamichael
Film Editing by: Conrad Buff
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
Set Decoration by: Dominic Capon
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: April 22, 2016