Molina Joins “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2,” “Chocolat”) is set to star as an evil magician in the Disney tentpole fantasy “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on an average college student (Jay Baruchel) who is reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer named Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage).

The man gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic to prepare him for a battle against the forces of darkness, including the evil magician Horvath (Molina), in modern Manhattan.

Teresa Palmer has also joined the cast as Baruchel’s love interest. Filming kicks off this month in New York.

The project reunites the “National Treasure” team of star Nic Cage, director Jon Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.