The Huntsman: Winter's War is an American dark fantasy action-adventure film, and is a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, based on the characters from the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. It is the directing debut of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who acted as visual effects supervisor on the first film, and is written by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin and Nick Frost reprising their roles, along with newcomers Colin Morgan, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Principal photography began on April 6, 2015. The film is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2016.