4:26pm PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Elijah Wood Cast in 'The Last Witch Hunter'
Elijah Wood has joined Lionsgate's supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter.
The Lord of the Rings alum will star with Vin Diesel, Michael Caine and Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie in director Breck Eisner's thriller. The film centers on an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with a witch to stop New York City's covens from unleashing a plague on the city.
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt) wrote the screenplay from a pitch by Cory Goodman. D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack also contributed to the script.
Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann and Diesel are producing, and Samantha Vincent of One Race and Adam Goldworm are executive producing. Production is set to begin later this month.
Lionsgate will release the film in North America through its Summit Entertainment banner. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, Summit president of production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate vp production & development Matthew Janzen are overseeing the project for Lionsgate. Lionsgate evp business affairs Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.
Wood was most recently seen in the Damien Chazelle-scripted Grand Piano and currently appears on the final season of FX's Wilfred. With his horror-thriller label SpectreVision, he is also a producer of the upcoming horror comedy Cooties, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and in which he co-stars, and the serial killer drama The Boy.
He is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.