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Emily Blunt in Negotiations to Play Villain in ‘The Huntsman’ Opposite Chris Hemsworth (Exclusive)

The “Into the Woods” actress will play Charlize Theron’s evil sister The Snow Queen

Hot off a win at the Critics Choice Awards for “Edge of Tomorrow,” Emily Blunt is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel “The Huntsman,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project have told TheWrap.

Director Frank Darabont abruptly left the high-priority project this week but Universal is moving full-steam ahead and a new filmmaker is expected to be hired next week.

Universal did not confirm the casting, though sources did confirm Darabont’s exit, citing creative differences. Representatives for Blunt did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hemsworth is reprising his role as Eric, the Huntsman who aided Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White in the original Rupert Sanders film. The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic mirror (which has been stolen), forcing him to face not only his past but the evil Snow Queen who’s set on avenging her sister Ravenna’s death.

Charlize Theron will return as the villainous Ravenna and Blunt is making a deal to play her sister, the evil Snow Queen.

Joe Roth is producing the film, which will be executive produced by Palak Patel. Darabont wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Universal executives Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio, which will release “The Huntsman” on April 22, 2016. The first film in the fantasy franchise grossed nearly $400 million worldwide.

Blunt is coming off a Golden Globe nomination for her turn as the Baker’s Wife in Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods,” as well as the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow.” She’s also wrapped Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama “Sicario.”

Blunt is represented by CAA, the Artists Partnership and attorney David Weber.

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Emily Blunt to Star in ‘Prisoners’ Director’s Next Pic ‘Sicario’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Emily Blunt is in talks to star in the thriller “Sicario,” which will be “Prisoners” helmer Denis Villeneuve’s next pic.

Basil Iwanyk will produce along with Thad and Trent Luckinbill and Molly Smith through their Black Label Media banner as well as Edward McDonnell.

Story follows an officer from Tucson, Arizona who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a drug lord.

Taylor Sheridan penned the script.

Villeneuve will film later this summer, and then follow that up with the sci-fi pic “Story of Your Life,” which has Amy Adams in early talks to star. That will shoot in early 2015.

Blunt has two tentpole pics set to bow this year with Warner Bros: “The Edge of Tomorrow,” also starring Tom Cruise, bowing on June 6, and Disney’s “Into the Woods,” premiering on Christmas Day.

She is repped by CAA.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski team up for Hayao Miyazaki’s final film

Hollywood couple EMILY BLUNT and JOHN KRASINSKI are set to work together for the first time in Japanese filmmaker HAYAO MIYAZAKI’s final movie.

The married stars, who are expecting their first child together next year (14), will team up for animated movie The Wind Rises.

The historical fantasy film was a hit when it was released in Japan earlier this year (13), and now director/writer Miyazaki is bringing the movie to English-speaking audiences.

Krasinski will voice lead character Jiro Horikoshi, who designed Japan’s World War II fighter planes, with Blunt as his love interest.

Other celebrities adding their voices to the film are Elijah Wood and Stanley Tucci, who is married to Blunt’s sister, Felicity.

Miyazaki announced The Wind Rises would be his last movie shortly after its original release over the summer (13).

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Emily Blunt to Star in Psychological Thriller ‘Sister’ Based on Bestselling Book (Exclusive)

StudioCanal is financing development of the project, which is being produced by Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park banner

Emily Blunt is attached to star in the psychological thriller “Sister,” which Kevin McCormick (“Gangster Squad”) is developing under his Langley Park banner, TheWrap has learned.

StudioCanal is financing development of the project, which is based on Rosamund Lupton’s bestselling novel “Sister.” The project is near and dear to Blunt, whose own sister, literary agent Felicity Blunt, represents the book, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide.

The London-based mystery follows Beatrice (Blunt) as she investigates the death of her younger sister Tess, whose death is ruled a suicide by police. Convinced that her sister was murdered, Beatrice sets out to uncover the strange events leading up to Tess’ death, though she may pay a terrible price for the truth.

Rory Koslow will oversee the project for Langley Park, which is currently searching for a writer to adapt Lupton’s novel.

Blunt has spent most of 2013 on movie sets, filming the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s futuristic action movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” as well as the role of the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden in Disney’s “Into the Woods.” Those movies are scheduled for release next year on June 6 and Christmas Day, respectively.

Langley Park is currently developing an adaptation of Robert Kolker’s true crime book “Lost Girls,” a Boston Strangler movie with Casey Affleck attached to star and an adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s novel “The Son,” which like “Sister,” features a protagonist questioning the suicide of a family member.

Blunt was last seen wielding a shotgun in “Looper” and is no stranger to movies about siblings, having starred in “Your Sister’s Sister.” She’s represented by CAA and attorney David Weber.

Source: The Wrap