Rising young British hunk Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four,” Beastly”) has opted for one young fantasy lit adaptation over another it seems.
Screen Gems has been very keen on landing Pettyfer for their adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling young-adult books “The Mortal Instruments”. However, Vulture reports that talks have reached an impasse and Pettyfer won’t be starring. It’s news seemingly confirmed this week by an open casting call that was announced for the role he was intended to play.
So what happened? Pettyfer has instead been offered the lead role in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s best-selling series “The Last Apprentice” (aka. “The Wardstone Chronicles”), a book series he’s much more a fan of apparently.
The story deals with a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s and already other stars are circling including Jeff Bridges in the role of the boy’s mentor, and Jennifer Lawrence as a suspected witch.
Russian helmer Sergey Bodrov (“Nomad,” “Mongol”) will direct ‘Apprentice’.