Like a phoenix rising very slowly and wearily from the ashes, fantasy adventure Seventh Son will soon land in theatres. After a very lengthy stint on the shelf following the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures divorce, its new owners, Universal, have cobbled together an international trailer. The question is, though, will it outshine the somewhat hit and miss efforts of the last preview?
Early talk surrounding the epic, which is directed by Sergei Bodrov, has revolved around its addiction to genre conventions. Warriors, CGI monsters, dodgy accents, and dingy clothing are a few of the typical fantasy tropes that the pic is harnessing to ensnare audiences. If we’re to throw this international trailer into that mix, it seems Universal are attempting to capitalise on the success of Game Of Thrones. But without the cunning, genius or creativity.
To be honest, it’s a damn shame these teasers don’t seem to be making more of their impressive casts. Leading the charge is Ben Barnes, as a “hero born with incredible powers” who joins forces with Jeff Bridges’ lone warrior to battle Julianne Moore’s curmudgeonly queen. Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon Hounsou all lend a hand in supporting roles.
Both the starring cast and secondary players get chance to utter some truly cheesy lines of dialogue in this third trailer. While it’s not a promising tease, it will be interesting to see how the full film plays out. Are we in store for a rollicking good time, or a boring retread of every fantasy flick rolled into one? We’ll find out when Seventh Son opens in theatres on February 6th, 2015.
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.
Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.