UPDATE: Apparently Sam and Alicia have now been cast!
Another day, another high profile role every young actor in Hollywood chomping at the bits for. The two male leads of “The Hunger Games” are still up for grabs but another project is hot on its heels and testing some of the hottest rising talent for its two leads.“The Seventh Son” already has Oscar winner Jeff Bridges attached to play an aging wizard with Julianne Moore being eyed for the role of a witch, but the two teenage roles are crucial as well. Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence had been mentioned for the project several months back but it’s unlikely either will sign on now.
Variety reports that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are currently screen testing and assessing chemistry between several up and coming young actors, including Sam Claflin, Caleb Landry-Jones and James Frecheville for the character of Tom Ward, and Imogen Poots, Felicity Jones, Alicia Vikander, Gabrielle Wild and Dianna Agron for the role of Alice.
Formerly titled “The Spook’s Apprentice” or “The Last Apprentice”, the film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov and is adapted by Max Borenstein from Joseph Delaney’s young adult series about “a 13-year-old who’s the seventh son of a seventh son and learns about wizardry from a forbidding spook.” The story takes place in the 1700′s and judging by the selection of actors testing, the 13-year-old will be aged up quite a bit for the big screen.
Sam Claflin made his acting debut only last year, on the Showtime miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth”, but his big breakthrough might just come this summer, with a pivotal role in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. The 24 year old also recently completed shooting on “United”, based on the true story of Manchester United’s legendary “Busby Babes”, the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number.
Caleb Landry Jones was a hard guy to find any info on several months ago, having small roles in “No Country for Old Men” and on TV’s “Friday Night Lights”, but he too is about to have a big summer, starring as Sean Cassidy, the mutant known as Banshee in “X-Men: First Class”. He is currently filming drug smuggling actioner “Contraband” with Mark Walhberg and Ben Foster.
James Frecheville was part of the ensemble of award-winning breakhout Australian hit “Animal Kingdom”, the film that garnered star Jackie Weaver an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Co-star Joel Edgerton is also popping up everywhere, most notably taking the lead role in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”. Frecheville has signed onto his next project, “The First Time” for director Jonathan Kasdan, co-starring Brittany Robertson and Logan Lerman.
Imogen Poots is an up and coming British actress most recently seen as Blanche in Cary Fukunaga’s critically acclaimed “Jane Eyre”, starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. She will soon be soon opposite Collin Farrell and Anton Yelchin in the remake of horror “Fright Night” and will next film “The Laureate” opposite Orlando Bloom.
Felicity Jones has been turning in steady solid work for years, but had a big breakout moment this January when her film “Like Crazy” became the hit of Sundance, winning the Grand Jury Prize and Jones herself taking a special jury prize for her performance. She was recently a finalist for Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” and will next film “This Beautiful Fantastic” opposite Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans.
Alicia Vikander was another finalist for “Snow White and the Huntsman” but not much else is know about the Swedish actress, who has appeared mostly in television roles. She is clearly making an impression on Hollywood though, and could perhaps garner the cross-over appeal that has made fellow countryman Noomi Rapace such a success story.
Gabrielle Wild is a total newcomer, with only one small role in “Approaching Midnight”, an indie drama that filmed more than a year ago. (To be honest, I’m wondering if there isn’t a little typo mix-up here, as the similarly named Gabriella Wilde, who plays Constance in the new “Three Musketeers”, would seem a more likely candidate…)
Dianna Agron, star of “Glee”, is still looking for that big screen breakout since “I Am Number Four” didn’t have much traction and she lost out on the Gwen Stacy role in the new “Spider-Man” reboot to Emma Stone. Like many of her rivals here, though, Agron could be one big breakout role away from being a star.
Sam and Imogen please and thank you.
Edit: thank you to ontheroad361 for the update!