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A-listers migrate toward fantasy film

Julia Roberts

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Fantasy film is the new trend among Hollywood’s hottest actors, with 2011 and 2012 queuing up a long line of classics. Players like Julia Roberts, Nicholas Cage (and, if rumors are true, Kristen Stewart), have signed on to play archetypal figures in well-known fairy tales not previously played by A-listers.

Both Relativity Media and Universal Pictures will film Snow White movies this year, with “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” scheduled to release in June and December of 2012, respectively. Less-publicized than casting for the namesake role has been casting for the Evil Queen—Oscar-winner Julia Roberts has been confirmed for the former while fellow Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is slated for the latter. A starring role in “Snow White and the Huntsman” may go to Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, though the casting has not been confirmed.

Nicholas Cage will star in a modern-day adaptation of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”—the film will be distributed by Disney, which first featured a short based on the story in the animated classic, “Fantasia”. Amanda Seyfreid will play the starring role in “Red Riding Hood”, which will release in March of this year.

The fantasy genre was once one for unknown actors with the occasional B-lister in a cameo or minor role. Yet, the wild success of mega-franchises, such as Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and, most recently, The Twilight Saga, encouraged the star-studded revival.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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