Warners Gives Exorcism Another Go With Jeff Bridges and ‘The Seventh Son’

Are exorcist films really that popular? The Last Exorcist did well, and so did Warner The Rite, but both failed to even come close to the awesomeness that is The Exorcist. Warner Bros. is ready to give it another go (yet they won’t greenlit Elm Street or Friday the 13th sequels, pfffft).

Bloody Disgusting learned that Jeff Bridges has been cast as Exorcist Master Gregory, aka “The Spook” in The Seventh Son for Warner Bros. Pictures. Just Jared adds that offers are also out to Beastly star Alex Pettyfer and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, who would portray the role of a suspected witch.

We’ve exclusively confirmed that Sergei Bodrov (Nomad, Mongol, Yakuza Girl) is directing from a screenplay by Max Borenstein.

Alex will star as “Tom Ward”, a young boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700′s and must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches, and bind boggarts. Trouble begins when he’s tricked into releasing the most evil witch in the world.

The Seventh Son was formerly known as The Spook’s Apprentice and is part of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s young adult series “The Last Apprentice.” It is based on the first book in the trilogy “The Wardstone Chronicles.”

Production begins August 1 in South Africa, with Legendary Pictures producing.
Pictured: Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence