Ben Barnes has been cast as a wizard in The Seventh Son. So will the movie based on a series of books become as big as the Harry Potter film franchise?
With the Harry Potter movies coming to an end and fans of the films growing older, Hollywood is certainly looking to fill the void left behind. Barnes' other series of movies based on popular books, The Chronicles of Narnia, were definitely an attempt to replicate the success of the Harry Potter movies, as was The Golden Compass (however, it doesn't look like that movie was successful enough to warrant any sequels being made).
Disney had its go at the world of wizardry with the critically-panned movie about learning magic, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, while Logan Lerman's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief tried to draw in Potter fans with its story about a boy who discovers that he is the son of a Greek god.
Like all of these movies, Ben Barnes' The Seventh Son is based on a popular series of books. The Wardstone Chronicles (or The Last Apprentice, in the U.S.) follow the story of a seventh son of a seventh son (Ben Barnes' character Thomas) who learns wizardry from a strict "Spook" who rarely shows his soft side. So while there might be magic involved here, it also sounds a bit like the highly anticipated futuristic film The Hunger Games -- the series of books this newest film franchise will follow feature an older mentor (Woody Harrelson) teaching two wards (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) how to compete in a deadly competition.
However, in The Seventh Son, Ben Barnes' character will be learning how to battle boggarts, the undead, witches, old Gods, and even the Devil himself in lieu of other kids his age. And there's even a bit of something for the Twilight crowd -- he has a bewitching and beautiful love interest named Alice, a part that was actually offered to Jennifer Lawrence. She turned it down to play Katniss in The Hunger Games, so the role will now be played by Swedish newcomer Alicia Vikander. The rest of the cast of The Seventh Son is very promising -- Julianne Moore will be playing an evil witch who sucks the blood of young girls to stay looking young, while Jeff Bridges will take on the role of the Spook teaching Ben Barnes' character the tricks of his trade (Jeff Bridges is certainly embracing the supernatural lately -- he's also been cast as an undead cop in R.I.P.D.).
So will this new movie prove to be the next Twilight or Harry Potter, and how will it stack up against The Hunger Games? It's hard to tell right now, but it will definitely be interesting to see if fans of witchcraft and wizardry are finally ready to really embrace another magical movie based on a series of books now that their beloved wizard is bidding them farewell for good.