In keeping with the mystical, elusive theme of the film itself, Lionsgate has kept the vast majority of Breck Eisner’s The Last Witch Hunter in the shadows, teasing fans with a string of brief clips and brooding posters that merely hint at the supernatural mission that awaits Fast and Furious stalwart Vin Diesel.
With the release of today’s full-length trailer, though, the studio has cast a blinding light into the film’s dark core, illuminating some of the demonic threats and evil forces that Diesel’s Kaulder will lock horns with. Moreover, the footage delves deep into The Last Witch Hunter‘s mythology, charting the murky past of our weathered protagonist and his ties to the order of the Axe and the Cross.
From what we gather – at least from Michael Caine’s sobering narration – Diesel is tasked with protecting the human world from the oncoming demons, who threaten to breach the barrier between our world and the next. How exactly the titular, ancient lead will do that is still up for question, but The Last Witch Hunter is ripe with world-building potential. With a cast list that also includes Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Julie Engelbrecht, color us cautiously optimistic for Diesel’s latest.
The Last Witch Hunter opens on October 23.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.