One of Disney’s big tentpole flicks for next year is the live-action retelling of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on the original poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which was also inspiration for one of the segments in the classic Disney animated film Fantasia. The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure), so there’s no question that they’re hoping this will be a big hit and the introduction of a potentially lucrative franchise. But is it something people that people are actually excited about? Well, that’s what the first trailer is for, which just hit the web over at Apple.com.
The first look at the movie showcases a ton of action sequences and special effects, most of which are pretty impressive. It also sets an ominous mood with a bombastic score. Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer who squares off against his arch enemy, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) in modern day Manhattan. Jay Baruchel is the plucky young man who will become Balthazar’s reluctant protÃ©gÃ©. I’m sure Nicolas Cage’s look and performance are going to have a lot of people rolling their eyes, but he’s kind of a selling point for me. It’s all so goofy that it just might work. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hits theatres on July 16th; check out the trailer after the jump.