Swords. Dragons. Magic. These are elements that can be found in a lot of successful properties these days, from The Hobbit to Game of Thrones. Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are staking their claim on the fantasy genre with Seventh Son, based on The Wardstone Chronicles series of novels by Joseph Delany. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), who were all on hand at San Diego Comic-Con today to discuss the movie. Joining the actors was director Sergei Bodrov, and they all had a wealth of information to share on the film.
Jeff Bridges came out first, and he explained the basic plot of the story, saying that it is “chock full ‘o myth” and magic. Then we got a solid chunk of footage put together for Comic-Con from the film, with the main characters fighting a giant boggard, fighting dragons, fighting witches, basically lots of fighting. Ben Barnes’ character, Tom Ward, becomes the apprentice to Jeff Bridges character, Master Gregory. The plot deals with Master Jeremy and Ward face down a horrible witch played by Julianne Moore. The clip was filled with a lot of excitement and all the classic elements of great fantasy films.
Barnes talked about his character and how great it was to work with Jeff Bridges. Kit Harington talked about his character, who is an earlier apprentice for Master Jeremy, and said that his part in the movie is action packed. When asked how this film compared to working on Game of Thrones, he brought up that he had to spend a lot of time on this film working under a rain storm while on Thones he’s in 30 below weather in Iceland.
A fan asked what it was like to work on the film and Jeff Bridges described acting as advanced pretending, and said he had a good time doing the fight scenes, and how fun it was to work with the digital effects team.
In typical Jeff Bridges’ fashion, he read a quote to the crowd that informed what he wanted to do with the film, and talked about the gift of imagination to humans and how we can imagine peace and make it happen.
Seventh Som is scheduled to be released January 17, 2014.
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