Julianne Moore has been cast in a new exorcism film called The Seventh Son, along side Jeff Bridges. The film was previously titled The Last Apprentice, which will be based on the book by Joseph Delaney. Bridges was cast to the exorcist in the film, Moore will play a character named Mother Malkin, the most sinister of witches who uses blood magic. It was previously reported that Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) were up for roles in the film, but neither will be joining.
The film is set during the 1700s and follows Tom Ward, a young boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700's and must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches, and bind boggarts. Trouble begins when he's tricked into releasing the most evil witch in the world.
Here’s the synopsis for the book the film will be based off of The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch:
Twelve-year-old Thomas Ward, as the seventh son of a seventh son, has no inheritance and is bored with farm work, and even though his new job will mean the superstitious villagers will forever shun him, he is eager to go off to adventure with the tall, hooded man he calls the Spook. His mother, a magical person herself, approves, and the Spook’s teaching is strict but kind. But when Tom has only learned enough to be able to control their house-boggart, he is tricked by Alice, the young daughter of a witch family, into inadvertently releasing and then killing Mother Malkin, a witch the Spook has imprisoned in a pit. This is no polite wicca-type witch, but a snuffling, slime-trailing, cannibalistic creature reminiscent of Tolkien’s nasgils. The story of Tom’s escape from the reincarnated witch’s hideous revenge is full of horrible details, as Alice helps, and then once again betrays him. This well-crafted novel marks an auspicious start for an exciting and fast series for young teens. [Amazon]
Production begins September 13 in Vancouver, with Legendary Pictures producing.