'Mortal Instruments' and 'Last Apprentice' Vying for Alex Pettyfer
His breakout role in DreamWorks' adaptation of I Am Number Four doesn't hit theaters until February 18th, but young British model turned actor Alex Pettyfer is already a hot commodity in Hollywood. Last week came the news that Screen Gems had offered Pettyfer the lead male role in their adaptation of The City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. However, we're glad to have held off on that news because now Vulture reports Warner Bros. may have pulled Pettyfer away from that project by offering him the lead role in The Last Apprentice, a 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. We'll let the official synopsis explain a little more clearly:
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.
Sounds somewhat interesting already (obviously the age of the boy will be changed to suit Pettyfer's age range), but even more enticing is the talk that Jeff Bridges is circling the role of Spook while Jennifer Lawrence (from Winter's Bone) might be taking the role of the evil witch. Put these three together, and I'm definitely excited about the project. And for now it sounds like The Last Apprentice is the project Pettyfer is more excited about as insiders told Vulture that a deal for Mortal Instruments is unlikely. The reason seems to be that although Pettyfer loves Clare's novels, he loves Delaney's stories even more. Apparently that and the chance to work with Mongol director Sergey Bodrov is also weighing heavily in his decision.
On the other end of the spectrum, Screen Gems already has its lead character for Mortal Instruments cast since we found out Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest) would be leading the project. There's no mention of Scott Stewart in the references to Pettyfer's consideration of the project, but we're assuming the Priest director is still on board to direct. If you want more information on the storyline for Mortal Instruments read our previous report on the project here. For now, I'm hoping Pettyfer, Bridges and Lawrence come together for The Last Apprentice if only to keep fantasy going strong in the cinemas. How about you?