Alex Pettyfer In Talks For 'The Last Apprentice'; Jeff Bridges & Jennifer Lawrence May Join Too

by Oliver Lyttelton
February 1, 2011 2:11 AM
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Rising Star Turns Down 'Mortal Instruments'



With his starring role in "I Am Number Four" in a few weeks, "Beastly" next month, and Andrew Niccol's "Now" later in the year Alex Pettyfer is swiftly becoming to the sub-genre of movies-that-Amazon-recommends-when-you-order-a-copy-of-"Twilight" what Tyler Perry is to films about African-American families. Among various projects the 20-year-old actor has percolating are a biopic of racing driver James Hunt, the young-adult-aimed "Jack the Giant Killer" and, as of a couple of weeks ago, Screen Gems' adaptation of the popular "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare, in which Pettyfer was being aggressively courted to star in as a demon hunter, alongside "The Blind Side" star Lily Collins.

At least, he was. At Vulture, where they're so on top of Alex Pettyfer news that we're beginning to suspect that they invented him, there's now a report that the young actor, for some reason not tempted by the idea of working with "Legion" director Scott Stewart, has turned down "Mortal Instruments," and is circling "The Last Apprentice," based on the book series also known as "The Wardstone Chronicles," by Joseph Delaney. The series involves Thomas J. Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son in the 1700s who discovers he has the ability to see creatures of the dark, and trains to become a 'Spook' in order to fight evil.

Russian director Sergey Bodrov ("Mongol") has long been attached to helm the film, which is set up at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, clearly in an attempt to find a "Harry Potter" replacement, and Pettyfer is said to be both a fan of the series (which now numbers seven, with an eighth on the way, along with five spin-offs), and of Bodrov. There's some fairly impressive, Oscar-nominated talent also being courted alongside him, according to Vulture; Jeff Bridges for the role of John Gregory, Thomas' gruff mentor, and Jennifer Lawrence as Alice Deane, a young would-be witch related to villainesses Mother Malkin and Bony Lizzie.

Bridges and Lawrence are obviously hot property at the moment, and may not accept their offers (they probably get projects and scripts sent to them daily), but if they do sign on, it's certainly a more promising prospect than most of the young-adult would-be franchises out there; we'd be lying if we said the idea of Bridges channeling "Witchfinder General" wasn't an exciting one, and Bodrov is certainly a more intriguing helmer than the likes of Stewart or Gary Ross on similar projects.

It's unclear where this leaves "Mortal Instruments," however; Screen Gems exec Clint Culpepper was reported to have said that he'd only greenlight "Mortal Instruments" if they could land Pettyfer in the lead. We suspect that this was a negotiating tactic, however; it's not like there's a shortage of cheekboned pretty boys in Hollywood. There's no word on a start date for either project, but we imagine a release sometime in 2012 is being eyed for both.

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7 Comments

  • austin | October 23, 2011 4:01 AMReply

    ya your right about it being english but very american but i know it will work but the girl for alice and the boy for tom got to go there is no way they will pull it off the guy for spook excelent choice i like it you need a 14 year old -15 top with black hair and alic the same except hair dont matter but this movie needs to be made

  • kieron morris | October 22, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    The cast is great but it has to be said it would make it a very american movie and the story is set in lancashire in england why can't english films have english actors jk rowling got it right and also they are not fourteen they are thirteen so the idea of alex pettyfer is ludicruz and jennifer aswell but she is hot so think i could possibly manage tht i was thinking more Dakota fanning tho and as for bony lizzie defo gota be Helena Bonham carter my second cousouns husbunds an actor and i think he has the right feautures for the spook and talent is his name is Paul Trussel check him out if ur interested

  • maggie | August 21, 2011 5:53 AMReply

    omg the cast is way to old other than Jeff Bridges. alice and tom are both 14, and there is no way Alex Pettyfer can pull of tom, plus i thougt that they were english? not amarican! i hopw that they choose a new cast!

  • Rorschach | June 20, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    Those are all talented actors. But I forsee it being a very American movie, which is a shame considering how English the books are. Not to mention, the actor for Tom, and actress for Alice are A LOT older than what they should be, and they'll be even older by the time this deal gets finalized and filmed. Great actors, who would be great in their respective parts, but I fear it may be too late for them, with the exception of Jeff Bridges.

  • AgainstOne | May 14, 2011 12:02 PMReply

    omg ther are too old are you stupid guys?? tom might not be older than 14 and alice, too! and the spook? Don't you think is tooo much 61?? x( Bad choice

  • Essam | March 24, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    Won't they be too old

  • Pursuit | March 6, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    THAT WOULD BE AN AMAZING CAST!

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