While Ridley Scott is going to busy for the next little while with his TNT sci-fi series Raised By Wolves, his next film will be an adaptation of T.A. Barron’s series of novels of a young Merlin for Walt Disney Studios. The script was penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens, who is best known for writing the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

HN Entertainment has exclusively obtained the film’s character breakdowns and some production information.

EMRYS (MALE LEAD 12-15). Caucasian. The boy who would become the legendary wizard Merlin. Emotionally erratic. Eccentric. Prone to wild mood swings. Brilliant. Sometimes, he is calm and controlled, thoughtful, with a hint of mad whimsy. 

BRANWEN (FEMALE LEAD 30-40): Caucasian. Emrys’ mother.

RHIANNON (FEMALE LEAD 12-20): Open to any ethnicity. Seeks Emrys’ assistance in stopping a terrible blight which is now beginning to kill the forest she lives in.

SHIM (MALE LEAD 20-40): Open to any ethnicity. A dwarf-sized giant, befriend Emrys.

RHITA GAWR (FEMALE LEAD 30-50): Open to any ethnicity. An evil spirit who wants to control Fincayra before moving on to Earth. Enemy to Emrys, the film’s villain. 

While it’s been referred to as “Merlin Saga”, the project’s current working title is “The Lost Years”. There is a good chance it could end up being called Merlin: The Lost Years.

They’re also aiming for a fall production start.

It’s been a while since Ridley has truly tackled fantasy after the underrated Legend starring Tim Curry and Tom Cruise, which helped inspire Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings movies as the filmmaker used a lot of the forced perspective techniques used in the Ridley Scott film before digital effects were available.

A release date for the film is currently unknown but there is a good chance it’ll drop in 2020-2021.


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