Academy Award® winner Michael Caine has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter” opposite Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate made the announcement July 21st. The supernatural action film will be directed by Breck Eisner from a script re-written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (“Gods of Egypt”) based on a pitch by Cory Goodman. D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack also worked on the script.
Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann and Diesel are producing the movie. Samantha Vincent of One Race and Adam Goldworm are executive producing. Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Geoff Shaevitz, Summit Entertainment’s President of Production, and Matthew Janzen, Lionsgate’s Vice President of Production & Development, are overseeing the project for the studio. Lionsgate will release in North America through its Summit Entertainment label.
Diesel will play an immortal witch hunter who teams up with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. No word at this time on what character Caine will play.
The Oscar winner has been very busy of late. Caine recently wrapped shooting “The Youth” for BAFTA-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (“La grande bellezza,” “Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti”) opposite Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz. His other recent film credits include Summit’s “Now You See Me” and pretty much everything Christopher Nolan’s directed, including “Inception,” “The Prestige” and playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and The Dark Knight Rises.” He will next be seen in the soon to be released films “The Secret Service” directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), in which he stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth, and Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar.”
Eisner’s last feature was the 2010 remake of George A. Romero’s “The Crazies.” His other directorial credits include the 2006 TV movie “Beyond,” and the 2005 Clive Cussler adaptation “Sahara,” which starred Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz. Eisner started his Hollywood career as a production aide on “Tango & Cash” in 1989.
A release date has not yet been announced.