The Drama Continues: Stewart DROPPED from SWATH Sequel, Sanders Asked to Return

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Earlier tonight, news broke that Kristen Stewart was dismissed from the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, but director Rupert Sanders may be asked to return.

Wait, what?

This news really is some crazy Scarlet Letter type mess, and I’m done with the media painting a red A on Stewart’s chest while the good ol’ director, who was every bit as involved as she was, gets away scot free. So his wife probably moved out and is filing for divorce? Great, but everyone’s too focused on shaming the other woman to remind him of his sins.

I haven’t really been keeping up with this scandal, but I know that Stewart and Sanders carried on an affair earlier this summer, got caught for making out in a car in the middle of broad daylight, ‘Robsten’ broke up, Rob went into hiding, and Kristen is Hollywood’s newest tramp. All this time, I’ve been saying that Kristen had no real (meaning: legal) obligation to Robert, and Sanders should be held more accountable since he cheated on his wife and the mother of his two kids, but I’ve been met with responses like, “Kristen’s more famous, therefore more deserving of backlash,” even though it takes two people to cheat. If you’re going to throw one person under the bus, you better throw both under for leading a consensual illicit relationship. They both knew what they were doing was wrong.

So I ask you this: if Kristen has more fame, why is she being dropped from the sequel and Sanders isn’t? It seems like a perfect scandal to generate revenue; Stewart’s name has been all over the place since news broke, and that alone would drive people to come see her in the sequel. Also, people would be interested in how things are on-set post-scandal, which would generate buzz and interest in the film. Even people who didn’t know who she was before would come see it because they want to know what kind of actress she is, what she looks like, among other things. From a sales standpoint, it would make more sense to keep the person who’s getting the most media because people are going to want to see their work, whether they triumph or fail.

So why is Sanders, the dude who has seen very little press and has faced almost no consequences getting to keep his job? In other words, why is Sanders not being considered a liability in the same way Stewart is? They both took part in this scandal, they both got caught, and now they both should face the consequences. If Kristen loses her starring role, then Rupert Sanders should be replaced as well. It’s not like he’s Tim Burton or anything; People saw that movie for Charlize Theron and didn’t know who he was before this scandal.

This isn’t about who’s more famous. If it was, her noteriety should be a good thing, right? Look at Charlie Sheen! You can’t turn on your TV without seeing him or hearing his name, and this guy is famous for being abrasive, abusive, an addict, and other things. This girl just cheated on her boyfriend, and she’s getting dropped from films left and right, while her paramour is still finding work. See what I mean?

This is proving that Hollywood is far from open-minded and still falls back on misogyny when it comes to who gets the axe. That’s not to say that I condone cheating, or that the blame falls with either party. It’s to point out that there are double standards at work here, and it’s to call out the studio on basically giving Sanders a free pass.

And let’s be realistic about all of this: Sanders is probably going to be signed on to this film, which is now being pitched as a spin-off, and the rest of the franchise. When Stewart finishes promoting Breaking Dawn, pt. 2, we’re probably not going to see her for a while because she’s still going to be considered a “liability”, like she’s gonna throw herself at every director she works with.

The whole thing is sad, and terrible, and I wish all parties involved all the best, but it’s unfair to tear down one person’s career to raise up another when they both got caught getting to third base in a car in broad daylight.


  1. Stewart is more hated than Sanders not because she’s a woman, but because she has more fans. Twilight fans dream came true when those two (Rob and Kristen) announced their relationship. Her cheating crushed not only Robert’s feelings but the feelings of millions of people. You have to expect her to be “blacklisted” for a short time. Robert Downey Jr faced years of being shunned for drug abuse, Mel Gibson remains hated for his countless remarks and Charlie Sheen was dropped from his huge starring role only to be hired elsewhere months and many booze bottles later. When I read these names I don’t see that they’re all males, I see that they’re all actors. Actors have a harder time than directors because they are typically the face of the movie.

    Most people don’t care about the director. Many directors have committed or allegedly committed heinous acts, illegal and legal, yet still direct. The one that stands out the most would be Roman Polanski, he still directs and is defended by many even though he has been accused of the rape of young girl.

    I didn’t see the Snow White movie, so I am unsure if it is good or not, but maybe Sanders was an easy director to work with. This is conjectural, but with him being relatively new, it would be easier for involved parties to mold a movie to follow what they wanted and not what an experienced director envisioned.

    Jesse James was hated after he cheated on Sandra Bullock; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie faced some backlash after the Pitt/Aniston scandal and there are even more drama from the celebrity cheating that happens. I think in time that all parties will move on, but for now some exile may be good for Stewart. The media has a short memory and will soon forget this ever happened. But with this mistake, she will be watched closely for a time and any further slip-ups will bring all the drama back.

    I’ve also read that it was always planned to make a sequel featuring only The Huntsman and that Universal Studios is looking at other directors. I appreciate you reading this and I apologize if I come off as offensive, defensive or cruel in any way. What I wrote here was a bit of my opinion, fact and random thoughts that popped into my head. I honestly don’t care about the scandal, though I do feel bad for Robert Pattinson and the wife of Sanders. I would rather see the two dropped from the film due to their skill and not this scandal. Anyways, I’m rambling, I better just post this before I type for hours and hours. 😛

    • Carina Browder says:

      Ahh, no! I think your comment makes for an interesting discussion. 🙂
      I haven’t seen the Snow White movie either (and I heard it wasn’t all that great) but the project was pitched with Stewart in mind as Snow White; it was created with the intention of it being her post-Twilight vehicle. I wasn’t invested in the scandal until this came around, because I have never heard of a franchise firing their lead actor.
      Yes, while Charlie Sheen’s scandal led to him being fired from Two and a Half Men, he went on to immediately book interviews, commercials, reality shows, among others. However, the two scandals are incomparable, since the gravity of Sheen’s situation was a lot greater. You mentioned Brangelina/Jennifer Anniston, and while I’m unfamiliar with that scandal, I know that tabloids love to pit the three against each other, and make a victim out of Anniston. Generally speaking, society tends to paint the “other woman” as a villain and not putting any focus on the man/other person involved, rather than giving them equal blame. For example, calling the other woman involved a “slut” and “whore”, among other things. The man in the situation is typically, but not always, ignored. Jesse James was called out for being a cheater, but the women in the situation – Sandra Bullock (and was it Kat Von D?) – got a majority of the press, painting them in the typical saint/victim and slut/homewrecker dichotomy. From the start of this particular scandal, the media has painted it as something that is entirely her fault, and based on her public statement, it seems like she’s accepted the fact that she will have to shoulder the blame. My point in saying that her being dropped is inherently sexist is exactly for the reason people keep repeating: she’s more famous and has more fans. Why drop a person who is guaranteed to be a selling point should the sequel release? Yes, she comes with a less than desirable package (crazy Twihards), but that’s a liability that the studio signed up for when they signed her on to the first film. And after this scandal, they’re finally realizing what they got into? Nope, don’t buy it. I don’t even buy the argument that it’s because she’s a “bad actress” because that’s subjective. (And it’s Hollywood, they don’t hire people based on talent. The “A-List” would have a completely different line up were that so.) Sanders is not a selling point. He’s not a household name, like say, Tim Burton or Steven Spielberg. There are several franchises that change directors, like Stewart’s previous franchise. Change of directors make for a change in vision, and it’s not anything new in franchises. And he’s a newcomer? Right. It does not make sense to choose the nobody to stay on-board, and it does not make sense for him to not be labeled a liability.
      Even though I think that Kristen’s getting the short end of the stick of all of this, something in the back of my mind tells me that she wanted this to happen. Since the first Twilight film, she’s said that she was uncomfortable with how famous she got and how quickly it all happened. The scandal didn’t happen until last month, which was well after filming and promotions.
      This is probably ramble-y because I’m tired, but thank you for entertaining my thoughts. I really appreciate your input!

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