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Trailers for the most anticipated Summer 2015 titles, be they Avengers: Age of Ultron or Insidious: Chapter 3, have started to make their way online, but it’s not just May through August of next year that’s packed with enticing offerings for movie buffs. Fall 2015, for example, will bring not just the usual high-art indie films and dramas that become part of the awards season discussion, but also a number of high-profile tentpoles. Which is to say, The Last Witch Hunter – now officially dated to arrive during that frame – has its work cut out for it.
Last Witch Hunter is currently in production and stars Vin Diesel as Kaldur, an immortal warrior who has been battling witches for centuries, before he arrives in modern-day New York City. There, Kaldur finds an unlikely ally in a young sorceress (Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie), who helps him in his quest to stop the covens of New York from unleashing a terrible plague upon humankind. Supporting cast members include Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (A Walk Among the Tombstones).
Diesel has been promoting Last Witch Hunter through his popular Facebook page for a while now, having teased that the project is aiming to reach theaters by October of next year. Sure enough, Lionsgate has now officially scheduled the film to arrive on October 23rd, 2015, now that New Line Cinema has shifted The Conjuring 2 back away from that date (so that James Wan can direct the sequel). As it stands, Last Witch Hunter‘s opening weekend competition will include the live-action Jem and the Holograms movie and a currently-untitled horror film.