Vin Diesel Sports A Terrifying Beard In The Last Witch Hunter Pics

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For his upcoming supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter, Vin Diesel is joining the Rip Van Winkle club, judging from the looks of some new photos from the flick. Posted to Diesel’s Facebook page, as per usual for his projects, the images give us our first look at Kaulder, the titular witch hunter who attempts to prevent a sorceress-sparked apocalypse in modern-day New York City.

If the images give you pause, keep in mind that it looks like Diesel will only be bearded for the parts of the film that take place in the 13th Century. Before long, that familiar chrome-dome makes an entrance, as it is wont to do.

Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing The Last Witch Hunter, which follows a semi-immortal man (Diesel) who has made it his life’s work to rid the world of evil witches. In the modern age, he uncovers a massive plot by an all-powerful witch queen to seize a relic and use it to destroy the human world. Forced to team up with a good-hearted young witch (Rose Leslie), the last witch hunter finds himself in a battle that will determine the survival of all humankind.

The Last Witch Hunter is expected to hit theaters in October of next year.

Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.

Today, he is the only one of his kind–-the last witch hunter. With the help of Father Dolan, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is Belial, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.

With the help of Chloe, a goodhearted young witch (Rose Leslie), Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.