It sucks enough being a kid, and then you find out you’re immortal, can travel through time, and that you’re destined to defeat the forces of darkness. I mean, geeeez, when’s he gonna find time for a girlfriend and MTV? Such is the plight of Alexander Ludwig, who plays Will Stanton in the upcoming sci-fi/fantasy “The Dark is Rising”, based on the series of novels by Susan Cooper. The film is being directed by David L. Cunningham and co-stars Emma Lockhart, Ian McShane, Gregory Smith, Frances Conroy, Christopher Eccleston, and is currently still shooting in Romania, but that won’t stop images from the film showing up on the net.
The film tells the story of Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Traveling back and forth through time, Will discovers a series of clues which lead him into a showdown with forces of unimaginable power. With the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in Will’s hands.
In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, director David L. Cunningham cautions readers of Cooper’s book that the film takes “liberties” with the novels.
Among the changes: Hero Will Stanton (newcomer Alexander Ludwig) is now 13, not 11, and he is an American living in a small northern English village, instead of a native-born Brit. The character of the Walker (Jonathan Jackson) has been made younger-appearing and given a new story arc involving the loss of his soul. The movie also beefs up the action by adding new special-effects-enhanced sequences to Cooper’s narrative, Hodge said.
Oooh, you just know the whole “make him an American” bit will annoy some people.
Images from “The Dark is Rising” via Comingsoon, which has more of them: