Jeff Bridges To Play An Exorcist In ‘The Seventh Son’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:09 am,

Moviegoers just couldn’t get enough of Jeff Bridges this past winter, if the box office returns for TRON: Legacy and True Grit were anything to go by. Now “The Dude” is prepping to battle sinister supernatural creatures and demons in a new fantasy flick, The Seventh Son.

Bridges is officially onboard for the pic, while younger stars Alex Pettyfer (this month’s I Am Number Four) and current Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) have received offers to sign on as well.

The Seventh Son was formerly known as The Spook’s Apprentice and is an adaptation of  the first entry in author Joseph Delaney’s fantasy series, The Wardstone Chronicles. It takes place in the 17th century English countryside (technically) and revolves around Tom Ward (the role Pettyfer is in talks to play), the seventh son of a seventh son, and a young man (13 years old, in the book) able to see, smell, and detect the presence of ghosts, boggarts, and other mischievous supernatural beings.

Tom eventually begins to train in the art of exorcism and demon battling, under the guidance of “The Spook” (Bridges), a mysterious, cloaked old man who spends his days battling dark and dangerous creatures. One of the individuals that Tom encounters early on in his training is that of Alice (Lawrence’s potential role), a relative of the world’s most powerful witches – and possibly a sorceress herself.

Just Jared has confirmed that Bridges will play “The Spook” in Seventh Son, which bears more of a resemblance to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice than it does last week’s exorcist flick, The Rite. If nothing else, chances are good that Bridges won’t attempt to battle any demons by grabbing a slimy toad and shaking it violently at the camera while yelling “Diablo!”, a la Anthony Hopkins’ exorcist character.

Anthony Hokins in The Rite Jeff Bridges To Play An Exorcist In The Seventh Son

Hopkins in ‘The Rite’.

Pettyfer’s been on the rise of late and will appear in two wide releases over the next couple of months – the aforementioned I Am Number Four and Beastly, a modernized retelling of Beauty and the Beast; he’s also snagged a role in Now, the new sci-fi project from Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). Lawrence made a solid name for her performance as the tough-as-nails Ree Dolly in the Best Picture Oscar-nominee Winter’s Bone, and will also appear in two upcoming movies – the Mel Gibson-starring dramedy The Beaver and X-Men: First Class, in which she plays a young Mystique.

Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Ghengis Khan) is attached to direct The Seventh Son, which is now a much higher-profile pic with Bridges, and possibly both Pettyfer and Lawrence, set to star. Warner Bros. probably hopes the film will be the first in a new successful fantasy franchise for them in the post-Harry Potter era – though the studio is certainly not expecting it to be anywhere near as successful as the boy wizard’s movies.

We’ll keep you updated on The Seventh Son as more information is released.

Source: Just Jared

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  1. Any news related to Jeff Bridges is good news. Jeff Bridges is THE original dude.

  2. I would much rather see this then The Rite.
    Nice to have a choice.

  3. Another PG-13 “Horror” film in the works, great.

    • Youre obsessed with rated R eh? :)

    • how bout you actually read the book. It’s very good and i hope this becomes the next harry potter.

  4. Danm you Jeff! Don’t we have enough exorcism movies already! Don’t taint you career with one….although you did do tron: legacy…

  5. This aggression will not stand man…I mean exorsism movies run all over town and…

    You need an exorsism? Hell I can get you an exosism by 3:30….with nail polish.

  6. Ummmmmm…no.

  7. Im beyond bored of exorcism films….Jeff Bridges perks my interest up though

  8. Well, this is a children’s book and albeit the rating, it really was creepy reading it at three in the morning. The books were well written. I hope they don’t screw it up, but seeing as the rumors of Pettyfer as a thirteen year old and Lawrence as a twelve year old …
    And “the exorcist” orginially wasn’t an exorcist, but a man who gave up his priesthood to dedicate himself to ridding demons without restriction.
    Fingers crossed!

    • Finally someone gets it. I’m hoping they get some better actors for Tom’s and Alice’s parts. For Alice i’m thinking Mina Kunis would be cool and tom i’m not quite sure…but I have a bad feeling the Twilight actors may be an option *bleh*

  9. Why do they call this and exorcist movie? The book has nothing to do with exorcisms! It’s more of a demon/witch hunter movie, but I am glad they got a real actor to play the Spook and I hope that chick won’t play Alice cause frankly winter’s bone was the absolute worst movie I’ve ever seen.