Step Aside Pettyfer: Sam Claflin Wins Lead In ‘The Seventh Son’

Friday, April 1 by

Sam Clafin, one of the stars of the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has won the tween dreamboat sweepstakes and secured the coveted male lead in the kid-lit adaptation The Seventh Son. The films has gone through several changes, both title and casting included, but this appears to be the the final iteration. The film, at one point called The Last Apprentice, after the popular series of novels it’s based on, was always set to star Jeff Bridges as a Witch Hunter, and at one point Alex Pettyfer, star of the flops I Am Number Four and Beastly, was set to play the titular apprentice. Jennifer Lawrence, among other actresses, was in talks to play the female lead, but now that role has gone to newcomer Alicia Vicander.

Warne Brothers and Legendary Pictures are producing, and acclaimed Russian director Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) will handle behind the camera duties. Congratulations to Clafin and Vicander, and to all the young hopefuls looking to score a little Pattinson/Stewart cache, thanks for playing Who Wants To Be A Tween Idol! (The Playlist)


  1. April 1, 2011 10:25 am


    Variety reported that Pettyfer passed on this several weeks ago. Regardess, any actor over the age of 15 who is cast as Thomas Ward is miscast. Neither Bridges or Moore can open a movie, the Twilightization of the story by casting good-looking adults in children’s roles will alienate the fans of the books (and boys in general) and basically what we have here is next year’s Season of the Witch. But at least we’ll get to see Jeff Bridges struggling with an English accent. That ought to be good for a few laughs.

  2. April 1, 2011 10:25 am


    Alex passed on this role to play a 13 year old. He was not beat out by anyone. Get your facts straight.

  3. April 1, 2011 10:25 am


    Apart from that you forget to mention that Alex Pettyfer didn’t accept the offer, I don’t like the new cast since Sam Claflin is even almost four years older than Alex Pettyfer. It’s ridiculous to let an almost 24 year old actor an apprentice.
    I am a fan of the books, but I’d rather seen somebody younger impersonating Thomas J. Ward, like for example Paul Butcher.

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