Charlize Theron Picks 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Over 'J. Edgar'
After considering two very different roles in two very different projects, it looks like Charlize Theron has finally made her choice. Though it had previously been mentioned Theron was leaning towards taking the role of Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being J. Edgar Hoover’s secretary in Clint Eastwood's J.Edgar biopic, she's apparently chosen to play the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman. Since this Snow White project was meant to be filming by now, the delayed schedule must have conflicted with Eastwood's film, but another high profile project may have been a factor. More below!
This news of Theron finally signing on came in the form of another bit of casting for J. Edgar from Deadline. "Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has joined the cast as Agent Smith. Rather than being a manipulative villainous computer program in The Matrix, this character is a clean cut operative with writing skill and once Hoover discovers the man can write, he conscripts the agent to write the FBI director's biography. But complications arrise when Smith gets a little too close to the truth. But before that news came along with Theron's denial of J. Edgar and confirmation of Snow White and the Huntsman, it had been said she turned down the historical drama for another big project.
Vulture reports that Theron apparently dropped out of the project because she's considering taking the lead role in Ridley Scott's Alien prequel. The actress is supposed to have the script in hand this week a decision to follow shortly thereafter. However, it seems kind of strange to turn down a solid part for just the chance to take the lead role in another film, even if it is an Alien prequel. The studio wants a big name like Theron, but Scott is still sweet on Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Despite Vulture's reliability, the news on the Alien prequel from all sources has been all over the place, and we'll just wait for some official news. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.