Swept off her feet by 'Apprentice' role


Teresa Palmer has nabbed the female lead in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel.

Taking its cues from the classic Goethe- and Paul Dukas-inspired Mickey Mouse portion of "Fantasia," the live-action feature centers on an apprentice (Baruchel) left to tend to a magic workshop when his sorcerer master (Cage) leaves it in his hands. The apprentice gets a broomstick to do his chores for him, but things get out of control when the broom develops a mind of its own.

Palmer is playing Baruchel's love interest.

Jon Turteltaub is directing; Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.

Executive producing are Cage and his Saturn Film partner Norm Golightly as well as Todd Garner, Barry Waldman and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Mike Stenson and Chad Oman.

The move brings Palmer back into Disney's arms. She is onscreen in the company's holiday film "Bedtime Stories."

The Australian actress will appear in Universal and Imagine's upcoming comedy "Kids in America" opposite Topher Grace. She is repped by WMA, Management 360 and Shanahan Management in Australia. (partialdiff)