Prepare yourself for so much more in the first trailer for THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR

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Hollywood does a lot of dumb stuff when it comes to movie sequels, but occasionally they get something right. Case in point: Snow White and the Huntsman was a decent enough popcorn blockbuster, with great visual effects, a fantastic villainous turn from a scenery chewing Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth being a badass action hero with an axe, but it lacked severely due to an uncompelling lead in Kristen Stewart as the titular fairy tale princess. So what do you do with the sequel? Kick ol’ K-Stew to the curb, of course!

And so now we have The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a sequel that thrusts Hemsworth’s Huntsman into the spotlight and finds a way to resurrect Theron’s Ravenna (death is only a mild inconvenience in Hollywood, it seems). It does the latter by injecting even more awesomeness into the film in the form of Emily Blunt as Freya, aka the Ice Queen and sister of Ravenna, and then just for the cherry on top, also adds Jessica Chastain as a kick-ass female warrior who used to have a thing with the Huntsman when the two of them were in service to Freya back in the day.

That’s a whole lot of incredible and charismatic acting talent on screen together, and based on this surprisingly good first trailer for the flick, they don’t disappoint either. It looks like the film ditched some of its predecessor’s sillier tendencies and has gone for a much darker, more intense vibe, and I am loving it.

Watch the trailer below!

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen — including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain) — only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable… unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.

You see how much better movies can be without Kristen Stewart?!*

Along with the trailer, we also have four character posters focusing on the main cast.

Visual effect guru Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who was nominated for an Oscar for his FX work on Snow White and the Huntsman, now gets an upgrade to the director’s chair, making his feature film directing debut.

*I joke, I joke!

Last Updated: November 19, 2015

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