Say what you want to about Nicolas Cage but when he teams up with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub a fun and entertaining movie is usually the result (National Treasure 1 & 2).
I will admit that when I first heard about Disney making a full length feature film called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice based on a short scene from their classic animated musical Fantasia, I was extremely skeptical. Let’s be honest, Cage has been very hit (Kick Ass) or miss (Knowing) with his choice of acting roles as of late and making an entire film around a short animated scene is the equivalent of Saturday Night Live making a film from a sketch and we all know how those turn out (are you listening MacGruber?).
Today, thanks to a heads up from our friends over at Collider, we have a look at a featurette from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice titled “Fantasia: The Coolest Scene Ever.” I won’t lie; this clip gets my hopes up that this could be a great summer family action/adventure film. Take a look at the featurette below:
This clip does a couple of things for me: 1. It shows Turteltaub’s dedication to faithfully recreating the most famous scene from Fantasia (the mop and broom scene) and 2. It looks like Cage and his apprentice Jay Baruchel have great chemistry together.
According to IMDB this is the official synopsis:
“Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Monica Bellucci and was written by the script writing team of Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, who’s work can most recently be seen in The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Are you ready for wizards, sorcerers, magic, dragons and a bunch of goofy looks from Nicolas Cage (whose hair hasn’t been this long since Con Air)?
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice poofs onto screens July 14th, 2010.
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