Ian McShane Gets A Rise Over Dark

Ian McShane is starring in the fantasy film “The Dark Is Rising” for 20th Century Fox and Walden Media reports Variety.

Part of a five-book series by Susan Cooper, “The Dark Is Rising” focuses on a youth, Will Stanton (Ludwig), who discovers at age 11 that he’s the last of a group of immortals — the Old Ones — dedicated to fighting a growing presence of dark forces.

He comes to the realization he’s charged with saving the world. McShane will play Merriman Lyon, one of the Old Ones who serves as Stanton’s mentor and shield.

Frances Conroy and Alexander Ludwig also star in the David Cunningham directed feature. John Hodge (“Trainspotting”) is adapting the script.

Production begins this month in Romania.