VFX Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Set to Direct 'The Huntsman'
Just a few days after director Frank Darabont left the Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off, which is simply called The Huntsman, Universal has quickly found a director, and it sounds like they didn't have to look too far. THR reports Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be at the helm of the film. You may not know that name as a filmmaker, and that's because this will be his directorial debut. But he has experience with this particular property because he worked on the first film both as the second unit director and visual effects supervisor, the latter for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. So maybe it's in good hands.
Of course, at this point, this might be a situation where Nicolas-Troyan may be a gun for hire and will merely guide the film that was already planned to go into production. Of course, if the film turns out to be good, then he'll have a new career trajectory on his hands. You may remember that Nicolas-Troyan was also previously slated to direct the reboot of Highlander as his directorial debut, but that was back in the fall of 2013, and that project is clearly taking awhile to get off the ground. Nicolas-Troyan is just coming off a visual effects job on Maleficent, so he certainly has a penchant for fantasy.
As we just learned, the sequel/spin-off will follow the huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) who is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, which puts him on a path to face something from his past, in addition to the evil Snow Queen, sister of Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the sorceress from the first film who will also be back in some capacity. The Snow Queen is the role that was recently said to go to Emily Blunt of Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods fame this year. Here's hoping this will be good.