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Charlize Theron: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' isn't dark -- it's real

March 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM ET

There's a new twist on the classic tale of "Snow White" on the way in the action-packed and decidedly dark "Snow White and the Huntsman." But despite the blood and battles in the revamped story, one of the film's stars wouldn't quite agree with the dark description.

On Monday morning, Charlize Theron, the woman behind the even-eviler-than-before queen, and "Snow" herself, actress Kristen Stewart, stopped by TODAY to reveal their takes on the film.

"'Dark' is a dangerous word, maybe," Theron said of the feel of the film. "I think it's just a retelling that feels a little more grounded in reality. And yes it has darker tones to it, but I think more than that, it's just a great adventure -- a great epic-scale film."

For Stewart, the story might not seem as real, but it's just as compelling.

"You want to join the cause," she said of her character's quest. "Considering that it's a fairy tale based in a very unreal world, that says something about the characters."

The characters will have a chance to rally others to the cause more than once this year. "Snow White and the Huntsman" isn't the only modern twist on the tale that's on the way. Another production, "Mirror Mirror" starring on-screen queen Julia Roberts, will soon hit theaters.

Is there really room for two takes of the tale? Theron thinks so.

"I think these stories thematically bleed into a lot of stuff that is very relevant," the Oscar winner explained. "So I'm not shocked that we're having an outbreak of a lot of a lot of these classic fairy tales being retold.... There's a way to do them in different worlds. I think that's what the case is with ("Snow White"). I don't think Universal would have backed this film the way they have if they thought they we were playing to the same audience as that other one."

"Snow White and the Huntsman" opens in theaters nationwide June 1.

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