The film which is to be directed by Sergei Bodrov; Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan; is slated to be released on February 15, 2013. The script from Matt Greenberg and Chuck Leavitt is adapted from the first of Joseph Delaney’s book series, The Wardstone Chronicals called The Spook’s Apprentice; for Americans it’s titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. Yes, a little like switching out switching Philosopher and Sorcerer in the Harry Potter series but more blatent.
The movie which was previously titled The Last Apprentice, will have Harington joining a cast that already includes the Dude, Jeff Bridges; The Big Lebowsk, Tron, True Grit; Ben Barnes, Jullianne Moore and Alicia Vikander.
The official description of the The Spook’s Apprentice:
“For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried… Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward. He is the last hope. But does he stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County?”
So to avoid confusing anyone, the class title “Spook” invokes a lot of confusion based on the etymology and slang in the American culture. To book which is written by a British author does not invoke the same annoyances using the word in the United Kingdom as it does in the states. So instead of Spook, it’s turned into, “You’re a wizard, Harry!”
So while it was culturally insensitive stateside, the changing of Spook to wizard or sorcerer has in turn annoyed avid fans of the series in the UK.
If the title or occupation was to be changed to something more apt, it should have been to Priest or Exorcist. For now, let’s call it a specialist position. Tom the main character; played by Ben Barnes; is taught by the specialist; Jeff Bridges; to defeat witches, boggarts and how to keep the world safe from great evil. Set to the backdrop of 1700’s semi-medieval creepiness, the old priest and the young priest need to excise the witch played by Julianne Moore.
Thomas J. Ward is special because he was born the seventh son of a seventh son. Based on an old folklore that the seventh son of a seventh son would have special powers; magic powers, healing, preternatural senses and hopefully eye beams; if he comes from an unbroken line with no female children born between. So with supernatural abilities, Tom furthers his training with the help of a learned Spook/Sorcerer/Wizard/Priest/Exorcist.
So the magic is powerful based on the principle that rarity equals strength. The more rare the occurrence, the stronger the energy.
I bet you Kit Harington didn’t know any of this. Want to know why? Because “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”