Alex Pettyfer Starring in THE LAST APPRENTICE Instead of MORTAL INSTRUMENTS?

     January 31, 2011


Last week, we reported that I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer was mulling over starring in the feature film adaptation of another teen fantasy/adventure series, The Mortal Instruments. Well, now it looks like he may have ditched that series in favor of yet another teen fantasy/adventure series. Apparently he’s now been offered the starring role in Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series (known as The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK), which centers on a young boy in the 1700’s training to be an exorcist.

Vulture reports that Jeff Bridges and Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence are also circling roles in the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures production. Bridges would play Pettyfer’s mentor, while Lawrence would take on the role of a suspected witch. Russian director Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) will helm the film. Apparently Pettyfer was a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, but likes The Last Apprentice even more. However, at this point Pettyfer is not officially attached to either project. It seems that he’s (wisely) taking his time in choosing which series he wants to tackle next. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of the first novel in the The Last Apprentice series, Revenge of the Witch.

the-last-apprentice-revenge-of-the-witch-book-coverHere’s the synopsis of 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]

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  • yasmin

    that just ruined my whole day.

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  • Bri Bra

    Yess it did ruin my day too. I love the mortal instruments series and was extatic that Alex Pettyfer was playing Jace. He looks exactly like Jace should and I’m sure he would nail the character! I am totally horrified that he turned it down!!! I can’t believe it at all…..that totally SUCKS!!!!!!!

  • April

    Omg nooo, he should go for The Mortal Instruments … do they seriously want him to play a 12-year-old? Ok, I realise he wouldn’t be playing a 12 year old, they’ll make him older, but I am really pissed. All along I’ve been wanting him as Jace. Then it seemed like we were so close, and suddenly, a big bombshell drops on us. WE WANT HIM MORE!

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  • wendy

    Alex should be Jace, the mortal instruments have a huge fan base and it is a much more crush-worthy and deep, emotional character role. Alex, do it for your fans at least!!!!

  • Móni

    God, it seems that I am the only one who is sooooooooooooo happy with this news! I just dont dont dont dont want him to be involved with this movie… :S Hope they’ll give Ed Speleers a chance to be Jace.

  • sadia

    i honestly dont want a movie of this because it kills the book. i luv the book

  • ciara

    I love the last apprentice. I don’t know what everyone’s complaining about! I can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Jessika

    ALEX PETTYFER will be making the biggest mistake if he doesn’t do Mortal Instruments, If he plays Jace then the Mortal Intrument series will be BIGGER, BETTER AND SOOOOO MUCH MORE POPULAR THAN Twilight. This will make him a even BIGGER, MEGA STAR. The Director should not go ahead if Alex doesnt take the part as the ratings will be bad and alot of the Mortal Intrument fans will be very disappointed. its a dominos effect if the movie is shit cos Alex isn’t Jace then the future books will be duds, because people wont be able to imagine Alex as the Perfect Jace. If you ever read this Alex Pettyfer think of your fans and think of how big you will be staring as Jace Wayland.

  • Alyssa

    Alex Pettyfer, I love you but you’re making the biggest mistake of your career. Mortal Instruments has a lot more fans that all want YOU to play Jace. You just ruined the whole series for everyone because
    a) People are less likely to watch the movie with Jamie Campbell Bower in it and
    b) People who DO watch the movie and have never read the book would be picturing Jamie as Jace and not you which would make the books a whole lot less appealing to read.
    c) BECAUSE it has such a huge fan base, the movie would get uber popular (POSSIBLY EVEN MORE THAN TWILIGHT) and you’d go from a barely known name to mega star.
    No offence whatsoever to Jamie because I really like him too but I just can’t imagine him playing Jace.
    His publicist is also an idiot for not pushing him more to play Jace.

    I agree with the Comment from Jessika
    The director should’ve given up on the movie straight after Alex refused because the movie would be a complete flop without him. I don’t think I even want to watch the movie anymore coz i’m scared of being disappointed.
    But then again, it’d be horrible for the fans that would still want to watch the movie so i don’t know.

    Either way,
    Alex Pettyfer made the wrong choice

  • Safrijy

    Am I the only one who thinks he doesn’t look ANYTHING like the Jace I imagined, or the book implies? I hope they find someone who doesn’t look like Alex Pettyfer. And good riddance to him! But I do feel sorry for the many out there who wanted Petty Pettyfer. The story sounds drab. Whatever. Mortal instruments in my opinion can do better. And WILL do better. :)

  • bree

    i hope he doesn’t get the role for last apprentice and comes back for mortal instruments if not i will be pissed at least they have his role for mortal instruments on hold for him cause they really want him on it