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‘Man of Steel’ Villainess Antje Traue Joins ‘Seventh Son’; Vincent D’Onofrio and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Board ‘Supreme Ruler’

Written by on February 21, 2012 

Although Antje Traue won’t be able to show American audiences her acting chops for another sixteen months or so, Variety informs us that the German actress has already racked up a post-Man of Steel role for herself. As they report, Traue will come on board The Seventh Son, which sees Mongol helmer Sergey Bodrov directing Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, and Kit Harington in a dark fantasy tale filled with witches, wizards, and other things in that mystical tone.

Specifics — or, for that matter, general information — on Traue‘s character are not to be found in the Variety story. Here’s Amazon‘s synopsis of Joseph Delaney‘s novel upon which the film is based, for whatever compensation that may end up being:

“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.”

Further into the realm of casting news, we’re hearing from Deadline that Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Brian Geraghty are joining Marcia Gay Harden in Supreme Ruler, a Midwestern political story directed by Duane Edwards. As it goes, Ruler centers on “Steve (Morgan) as he campaigns to become ‘Supreme Ruler’ of his local Buffalo lodge. He soon finds himself challenged by Hank (D’Onofrio), an elder lodge member. To gain more support, he travels to the Order’s annual convention in Chicago where he befriends Nancy (Harden), a more established ‘Supreme Ruler.'” I almost got echoes of Welcome to Mooseport from that description — for better or for worse, Harden‘s presence is part of that — but this has to be better than Gene Hackman‘s last film. Has to be.

Have you been keeping track of The Seventh Son or Supreme Ruler? What does this casting do to your expectations?

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