If Vin Diesel, like his musclebound, Fast and Furious persona Dominic Toretto, lives his life a quarter-mile at a time, then the actor’s next 402 meters look to be rife with supernatural forces, as MTV has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, which sends Diesel into another dimension.
Harbouring a similar tone to Riddick – all-powerful lead that seeks to protect the mere mortals – the footage reveals Diesel as an immortal warrior (Kaulder), one tasked with battling forces from beyond our human realm. Directed by The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner, The Last Witch Hunter will see our protagonist partner with his sworn-enemy, Rose Leslie’s witch, in order to prevent a powerful force raining down on the unaware denizens of New York City.
It’s far from unique, but we’re hoping that what Witch Hunter lacks in originality it can compensate for in personality. Besides supporting roles for both Elijah Wood and Michael Caine – who can be heard delivering the sombre voiceover in the above clip – Eisner’s feature has all the ingredients to become a cult hit, much like Riddick before it.
Vin Diesel will tackle supernatural forces head on when The Last Witch Hunter opens on October 23. Until then, feast your eyes on the all-new poster down below.
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.