Universal is having a hard time casting the male lead in 'Snow White and the Huntsman."
Negotiations Hugh Jackman have ended, TheWrap has confirmed.
Universal was talking to Jackman, and had other actors in mind, as well, according to an individual familiar with the project.
The studio had been negotiating with Viggo Mortensen for the role, but in late March, after about two months of talks, Universal and Mortensen parted ways.
Jackman started negotiating with the studio last week.
As the movie's title implies, the Huntsman is a pivotal role in the film.
In fact, the Universal's adaptation of the public-domain fairy tale is focused on the Huntsman, a character who is supposed to kill Snow White, but who ends up protecting her, mentoring her and teaching her how to fight and survive.
The studio is still negotiating with Kristen Stewart, whom it wants for the role of Snow White.
Charlize Theron is confirmed for the part of the evil queen in the movie, which has a release date of Dec. 21, 2012 and is scheduled to start filming in August.
It is one of two competing "Snow White" stories. Relativity Media's Snow White project stars Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts and Lily Collins. It is directed by Tarsem Singh.