Filming is now underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Seventh Son, the big screen adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. Adapted for the screen by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, Prisoner of the Mountains), Seventh Son stars Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, and Julianne Moore. Additional cast members include Kat Harington (Game of Thrones), Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, and Olivia Williams.
Seventh Son synopsis courtesy of Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures: "In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son."
In our exclusive interview with Ben Barnes in support of Killing Bono (rent it if you missed it in theaters), he explained how the book will make the leap to the big screen. "I think because it's not like Twilight or The Hunger Games or one of these series that people are obsessed with and want every detail to be correct or exactly as it is, I think there's more license, because they are not as well known, to kind of make it really filmic. We have a brilliant director Sergey Bedrov who made the film Mongol. I think we just want to make it really visual. A lot of the book takes place in a hut and in a house and that's not particularly exciting. So, I think they are making it with lot more action. My character in the novel is like 13 and obviously I'm not 13. We are just making it slightly more adult as well."
And Barnes had high praise for his Seventh Son co-star, Jeff Bridges. "[He] is a genius. In the last two years I will have worked with Colin Firth, and I just did a movie called The Wedding with De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon. And then I get to work with Jeff Bridges in the next year, so it's been actually incredible watching all these people at work. Watching the icons of our age, not just to watch them but to act with them and learn from them is insane. I think I'm most excited about Jeff Bridges."
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