When you’ve recently starred in two movies that were major studio releases and just got your second consecutive Oscar nomination for Best Actor, what’s the best course of action to take? If you’re Jeff Bridges, it’s joining the film version of the first book (Revenge of the Witch) in the popular children’s book series The Last Apprentice, titled The Seventh Son.
The story follows a young man named Tom Ward (a role that Alex Pettyfer has been offered) who’s training to be an exorcist. He has the benefit of being able to see and hear ghosts, as well as “smell the presence of death,” whatever that may mean. The plot description of the novel mentions a “tall, hooded man called Spook,” (The original, non-American book title is The Spook’s Apprentice) which is the part I presume Bridges is taking on. Jennifer Lawrence, who just got nominated for Best Actress for Winter’s Bone, has been offered the role of a suspected witch. Sergey Bodrov, who may be best known for his Genghis Khan biopic Mongol, will be directing.[JustJared via Collider)]
You can find a description of the book’s plot below, thanks to Amazon:
When 12-year-old Thomas, seventh son of a seventh son, is apprenticed to the local Spook, whose job is to fight evil spirits and witches, he expects a life of danger. However, the boy doesn’t realize just how soon he’ll face a powerful enemy alone, as Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away. Thomas is forced to use his wits, and the help of his enigmatic new friend, Alice, to fight the evil witch. And defeating her is only the start of the boy’s problems.
What do you think of this casting, and of this project in general?
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