Universal Wants Hugh Jackman for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

Actor’s schedule freed up because there was a delay in shooting the ‘Wolverine’ sequel

Universal Pictures has offered Hugh Jackman the role of the Huntsman in its "Snow White and the Huntsman," TheWrap has learned.

Viggo Mortensen had been in negotiations for the role, but dropped out last month.

Kristen Stewart is in talks to play the role of Snow White. Charlize Theron has signed on to play the evil queen.

The movie, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, focuses on the Huntsman, a character who is supposed to kill Snow White but ends up protecting her, mentoring her and teaching her how to fight and survive.

Universal acquired Evan Daugherty's spec script for the movie after a heated bidding war in 2010. It was reportedly one of the biggest spec deals of the year. Rupert Sanders is directing.

The movie has a release date of Dec. 21, 2012.

It is one of two competing "Snow White" stories. Relativity Media's untitled Snow White project stars Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts and Lily Collins. It is directed by Tarsem Singh.

Deadline first reported the story.