Jeff Bridges Confirmed for Adaptation of 'Last Apprentice' Books
Earlier this week we heard that two fantasy adaptations had both offered actor Alex Pettyfer a couple different lead roles. While Mortal Instruments was first on the scene with an offer, apparently Pettyfer is more interested in The Last Apprentice series. For my money, I was also a little more keen on The Last Apprentice series because Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for an Oscar for her work on Winter's Bone) were circling roles. Now we have confirmation from Just Jared (via Collider) that Bridges has already signed on for The Seventh Son, the new title for the adaptation of the young adult novel by Joseph Delaney.
Known in the United Kingdom as The Wardstone Chronicles, the series begins with Revenge of the Witch and tells the story of a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700's. Once again here's the official synopsis:
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.
Bridges is taking the role of Spook, the exorcist who would train Thomas (a role clearly being tailored for Pettyfer's age range as opposed to a 12-year old boy). With Bridges involved, this project will certainly become quite an anticipated adaptation in the future. Assuming Pettyfer and Lawrence also sign on for their respective roles, this could definitely be a series to fill the void left by the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise this summer. What do you think?