Universal Pictures says the actress remains a factor in future plans for the franchise

Universal Pictures has denied rumours that Kristen Stewart has been axed from the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White And The Huntsman is a re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale starring Stewart in the title role and Chris Hemsworth as her love interest, Eric The Huntsman. The movie was released in May (2012) and grossed a respectable $389million (£248million) worldwide, prompting plans for a sequel.

However, the movie has since achieved greater notoriety after it emerged that Stewart cheated on her boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson with Sanders, a married father of two. The affair is believed to have taken place after shooting had wrapped, during promotional duties for the movie.

In the wake of the negative publicity, it was reported yesterday (August 15) that the sequel had been shelved in favour of a spin-off movie starring Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. According to the story in trade journal The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart would not be asked to reprise her role as Snow White.

However, Universal Pictures has now released a statement insisting that the actress remains a factor in their future plans. Co-Chairman Donna Langley said: “We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

According to Deadline, internal discussions at Universal are still focusing on Hemsworth, whose profile has risen significantly thanks to his role in Thor and The Avengers. The Australian actor, 29, is scheduled to begin shooting Thor 2: The Dark World this autumn (2012).