While Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was poised to get his first feature film starring role with Arthur & Lancelot, Warner Bros. abruptly put the David Dobkin-helmed project on hold in order to sort out the swelling budget. The film isn’t yet dead, but production has been pushed back leaving a hole in Harington’s schedule. It appears the actor was quick to fill that void, as Variety reports that he’s now in final negotiations to join the cast of The Seventh Son. The film stars Jeff Bridges as a grizzled witch hunter who takes on a new apprentice in the form of Ben Barnes. Harington will play a former apprentice of Bridges’ character in the fantasy pic.
What this means for Arthur & Lancelot is uncertain. Harington is due back on the Game of Thrones set after he wraps The Seventh Son in order to film the third season of the hit HBO series. This means he likely won’t be available until fall at the earliest (season two of GoT filmed from July to December). Depending on when/if WB starts Arthur & Lancelot back up again, Harington may find himself replaced. No matter, he’s one of the highlights of Game of Thrones and as evidenced by how quickly he found a replacement project, he’s definitely got a bright feature career ahead of him.
Legendary Films held their first ever Comic-Con panel today kicked off their inaugural run with aplomb, bringing out plenty of A-list talent and displaying concept art for four different projects.
In addition to Pacific Rim, Legendary brought Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Sergei Bodrov and Alicia Vikander for Seventh Son, Bradley Cooper and Alex Proyas for Paradise Lost, and Mark Protosevich and Casey Hudson for Mass Effect. Read on for a summary of the presentation and details on the concept art.
We have couple of casting bits to bring you this Friday afternoon. First up, Robin Williams has joined writer/director Justin Zackham’s (writer, The Bucket List) wedding comedy Gently Down the Stream. Williams brings another star to an already stellar cast that includes Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, and Katherine Heigl. Per Variety, the Oscar-winning actor will play the role of Father Monaghan in the pic that tells the story of a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) who pretend that they’re still married for the sake of their adopted son’s upcoming wedding. Rounding out the Gently Down the Stream cast are Susan Sarandon, Patricia Rae, and Ben Barnes. Production on the film is expected to begin this July.
Speaking of Ben Barnes, The Chronicles of Narnia actor has signed on to star alongside Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures fantasy project The Seventh Son. Variety reports that Barnes is in line for the title role (the same one Sam Claffin was once in talks for) which is described as “the seventh son of a seventh son” who learns all things wizard-related. Directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan), the pic is based on Joseph Delaney’s young adult book series. For more on the project, hit the jump to read a synopsis for the series’ first installment, Revenge of the Witch.
Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov have sold the pitch Blood Brothers to Chernin Entertainment. Channing Tatum is attached to star, and on board as a producer with Nazarian (The Blue Hour) and Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan). Details are scarce, but according to Variety, the movie will be a suspenseful thriller set in Russia.
Tatum is currently in New Orleans filming 21 Jump Street, scheduled for release on March 16, 2012. The actor has four films in the can: Ten Year (December 30), Haywire (January 20, 2012), The Vow (February 10, 2012), and The Son of No One (no release date set). Other projects on the horizon include the Steven Soderbergh collaboration Magic Mike, a Peter Pan re-imagining, and G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes.