At the heart of The Last Witch Hunter rests a Witch War that has raged for centuries. But how did it all begin? Summit Entertainment has summoned four DeviantArt artists to make short animations that dive into this supernatural world. The artists had 60 days to create their animations, and now they're complete! These bewitching animations will terrify and amaze you! You can read the artists' interviews here to get an inside look at the creative process and learn how each artist conjured their beautiful animations.
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 (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right 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. Along with this trailer, we also have character posters featuring Vin Diesel's Kaulder, Rose Leslie as Chloe, Elijah Wood as Dolan Thirty-Seven and Michael Caine as Dolan Thirty-Six.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Joseph Gilgun, Isaach De Bankolé, Michael Halsey and Armani Jackson. Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directs from a screenplay by Cory Goodman (Apollo 18), Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold). Vin Diesel teased this summer that Lionsgate is so excited for this movie that they are already planning a sequel, but nothing has been officially announced yet.
The Last Witch Hunter hits theaters on October 23. To fully immerse yourself in this world, take a look at these four animated shorts. From 24 year-old-artist August Floren comes Prologue 1: Before Mankind. It is a story about when the world was young and ruled by darker, stranger forces than our own. Prologue 2: Witch Lords comes from 23 year-old artist Meredith Nolan. It focuses on the mythological Hulder, a seductive forest creature that rewards those who satisfy her needs and kills those who do not. Prologue 3: The Witch Hunter arrives from 28 year-old-artist Austin Hillebrecht. As the title suggests, it delves into the history of The Witch Hunter, played by Vin Diesel. Finally, Prologue 4: Witches Live Among Us comes from 31 year-old artist Robertas Nevecka. It tells of a world that is rapidly changing. You can check out all four animated shorts here.