Sam Claflin signs up for The Huntsman and new football biopic
The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin has signed up to star in two very different films.
He has been confirmed to return for the prequel to 2012 fantasy blockbuster Snow White And The Huntsman. The film, which is simply known as The Huntsman, will see Claflin once again play William, the love interest of Snow White. That role was played by Kristen Stewart in the 2012 movie, but it's not known who will be in that role for the prequel, with Stewart seemingly unlikely to return.
The original starred Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron and was directed by Rupert Sanders. Sanders is also not returning for the sequel, with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan now in the director's chair. Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith are also joining the cast.
Claflin has also signed up to portray Robin Friday, the striker who scored 46 goals in 121 games for Reading back in the 1970s. The film is based on the biography The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story and follows Friday's story. The striker had a colourful lifestyle and was notorious for his heavy drinking, drug taking and womanising. He died of a heart attack after a suspected drug overdose at the age of 38.
Despite this, Friday is still a cult hero and is regularly voted as Reading's greatest footballer by fans. He also played for Cardiff City as well as several amateur clubs.
Henry-Alex Rubin, who directed acclaimed documentary Murderball, will be in the director's chair when the cameras start rolling on the biopic in the autumn.