Live Forever. Hunt Forever. The Last Witch Hunter.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious, supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process.
In the moments just before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
Vin Diesel is a huge Dungeons & Dragons fan. His favourite character to play in the game was Melkor, a dark elf and witch hunter who was not part of the original game. Here is what one of our favourite action heroes had to say on playing Kaulder in the supernatural thriller, which he also produced. “I found it in a third-party book called ‘Archeron’,” he explains. “The idea of doing an action-fantasy film was always appealing to me. I met with screenwriter Cory Goodman five years ago and we geeked out about Dungeons & Dragons and next thing you know, I get this amazing script about a witch hunter.”
Fellow producer Mark Canton (300) says: “Vin Diesel brought such passion and dedication to the project. His level of commitment is unparalleled. There is not one detail he hasn’t thought through. He is all about the movie, seven days a week. He’s a great producing partner, not to mention a superstar who is at his peak as an actor.”
According to Canton: “Kaulder is the coolest guy in the world. In over 800 years, he’s learned everything there is to know about the arts, music, culture, architecture, but more importantly, about people and the difference between good and evil. He’s a super cool, modern guy who has stood the test of time.”
The idea of immortality appeals to many, but while it affords Kaulder a tactical advantage, it is a solitary existence.
“It makes him a formidable soldier, because he has no fear of death or injury,” says Diesel. “But he must go on existing despite the fact that he wishes he didn’t. For him, 800 years is too long to have lived.”
“His immortality makes it impossible for him to connect with other people,” adds Canton. “There’s inevitable loss for him in that. Vin created a character who lives behind a mask of perfection, pretending that everything is okay. Now the layers have begun to peel off and he begins to understand that his pain is holding him back as a human being.”
Together the producers chose director Breck Eisner (Sahara and The Crazies) to take the helm. “I’ve known Breck for a long time,” says Canton. “He is relentless. His work ethic is incredible, and his talent is prodigious. His imagination and attention to detail brought the story alive.”
“With a film like this you need a director who pays attention to every detail,” adds Diesel. “We go in and out of multiple realms and Breck had to lay down the rules of magic. With an original mythology like this, it’s up to the director to translate it for the audience, for the actors and for the crew, and that is something Breck has done brilliantly.”
When we were invited along for a preview by our friends at Entertainment One our first thought was who better to have in our corner, standing between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history then Vin Diesel?! You’ll not be disappointed; Showcase Cinemas audiences are in for a treat!
The Last Witch Hunter opens at Showcase October 21