Almost as famous as Snow White herself, Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Prince Charming (called Prince William in this iteration) played by Sam Claflin turned out to be one of the key players in the twist on the fairy tale classic.

In this exclusive interview with Hypable, Sam Claflin talks about how he reacted when he found out that he would be playing the type of character he’s always dreamed of playing, the motives behind his Prince, and his badass entrance into the film.

Hypable.com’s James Bean: So how did you feel about Snow White and the Huntsman? You’ve seen it, obviously.

Sam Claflin: Yeah.

JB: And you loved the filming of it-

SC: Well yeah, it’s really every boy’s dream come true, wielding a sword, shooting a bow and arrow; it took me back to my primary school days running around the playground pretending I was Robin Hood. As an end result, it’s something I’m really proud of.

JB: Talk about an entrance to a film, a shocking flaming arrow.

SC: Really, there should be an award for best entrance into a film.

JB: People have been so obsessed with archery lately-

SC: I know! I don’t know what that is. There’s been four or five films with an archer in it now.

JB: How did you even go about landing this? Did someone notice you in Pirates?

SC: When this project came up, my agent sent me the script, I was in Los Angeles in January of last year, and very soon after that I had a meeting with the director. We sat down, had a chit-chat, and he sorta talked me through his ideas and the visual world that he had created and I was sold. I wanted to be a part of it. Four months later after meeting the producers and having general meetings, I got a phone call from Rupert in London congratulating me. It was pretty insane.

JB: What was it like talking to him about his ideas? It’s such a dark and twisted world-

SC: He had a very specific idea of where he wanted to go with it. It was something I had never seen before personally. He showed me a lot of the concept art and the design he had come up with – the buildings, the castles, the costumes. Everything that he already had pre-planned was overwhelming, incredibly done and-

JB: Gorgeous.

SC: Right! And he was so exact. He literally knew everything from the details on the fairies to the dark forest to the sanctuary. Everything he had pre-planned, and to be able to share that with him, the experience was amazing.

JB: Now tell me a little bit about your role in this, because it gets pretty tricky. This is getting into spoiler territory, but you join the bad guys at one point. It’s all on your journey to get to Snow White, so how did you justify falling in with the bad people in order to meet your goal?

SC: He will do anything to get to her, and really he doesn’t really know who’s the baddies and who’s the goodies. He just needs to find someone who knows their way around the dark forest to get to her. That’s where he knows she is and he just joins up with guys who seem to be good trackers. Kinda lucked out I suppose! It was incredible going on that journey with the character and exploring this badass territory. It was a dream come true, getting to play the darker side of a character that people already know.

JB: How much of a say did you get in terms of his darker side? You don’t see too many protagonists dodge an arrow and then immediately kill someone.

SC: It was something that was very important to me and Rupert from very early on. In the first initial script, the character was very similar to the Prince Charming that we all know and love. The guy’s a little straight-laced, and doesn’t like to get involved – he’s just a good guy. Where we were going with the script was that The Huntsman was going to be younger and there was going to be more of a dynamic relationship between him and her. A kinda chemistry and I needed to be able to compete with him. The guy that needed to be the love of her life needed to be able to compete. It can’t just be a white-wash “I’d choose him over him,” I needed to be able to step up my game, and that led to the darker elements of the character.

JB: So how did it feel landing the role of Prince William, and then reading the script and finding out about the kiss?

SC: I thought it was a dream! For me the kiss was fantastic. Getting the phone call saying that I’d been offered the part, my lawyer and my agent, there were about four people on the phone and I just remember hearing the words “You’ve got offered -” and I just went [sound of immense excitement]! I didn’t know what I’d been offered but I just went, “No way!” I was so happy, sort of screeching loudly, swearing loudly, in the middle of London, which you can imagine got a fair few weird looks. I was not expecting that. I knew of a few other people that were auditioning, people I’m friends with even, and I just never thought it would happen.

JB: Wow, so it was a wide casting call then?

SC: Well I don’t know how many people exactly, but one of my very good friends was up for it, so I’m lucky. Very, very lucky. I don’t know if it was as wide a margin of a casting call as it was for Pirates, but they saw a fair few people. So I beat off everyone with a stick.

JB: You’re definitely the most charming. How about your next projects? I just happened to go through the synopsis of the next one about a professor that tries to create a poltergeist. Anything you can tell me about that?

Come back Wednesday for the rest of the interview! What did you think of Sam Claflin’s performance in Snow White and the Huntsman? Warning, the second half of this interview comes with spoilers, so be sure to see the film before you read it!

Check out our reviews of Snow White and the Huntsman by Jessie Cadle and James Bean! If you’ve seen it, don’t forget to sound off about it in our What Did You Think feature!

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.