Viggo Mortensen will not take the male lead in ''Snow White and the Huntsman,'' formally ending months of negotiations with Universal.
Pic, which is being produced by Joe Roth and directed by Rupert Sanders, already stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. It was scheduled to start shooting sometime this fall and set for a Dec. 21, 2012, release.
Dropping out of negotiations leaves the door open for Mortensen to take the role of the villain in Warner Bros.' ''Superman: Man of Steel,'' which is scheduled to shoot at the same time as ''Huntsman.''
Warner Bros. would not comment, but ''Superman'' director Zack Snyder is reportedly interested in Mortensen.