The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Even the smallest of light… shines in the darkness
A boy’s life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.
The film’s impressive international ensemble includes Golden Globe® Award winners Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Merriman, and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Mrs. Greythorne. Christopher Eccleston (Heroes; 28 Days Later, Gone in 60 Seconds) has been cast as The Rider and newcomer Alexander Ludwig will portray the story’s hero, Will Stanton.
Also joining the cast are, Jonathan Jackson (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Insomnia) as The Walker, Amelia Warner (Aeon Flux, Quills) as Maggie, Gregory Smith (Nearing Grace, TV Series Everwood) as Max Stanton, Emma Lockhart (Batman Begins, TV Series Malcolm in the Middle) as Gwen Stanton, identical twins Gary Entin and Edmond Entin as the Stanton twins, and John Benjamin Hickey (Freedom Writers, Flags of Our Fathers) as Professor Stanton.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Susan Cooper, THE SEEKER is the first film adaptation of the author’s acclaimed The Dark Is Rising Sequence. The film tells the story of Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Traveling back and forth through time, Will hunts for a series of mysterious clues and encounters forces of unimaginable evil. With the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in Will’s hands.
THE SEEKER is directed by David L. Cunningham, best known for directing the ABC-TV miniseries, The Path to 9/11. The screenplay is by John Hodge, the Academy Award® nominated writer of Trainspotting. Hodge is known for his long-time collaboration with director Danny Boyle, beginning with 1995’s Shallow Grave, and continuing with Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach.
Marc Platt (Legally Blonde, Broadway musical Wicked) is producing.
First published in 1973, The Dark Is Rising received numerous awards, including the Newbery Honor Award by the American Library Association in 1974 and the Boston Globe Book Award in 1973. It is the second in a series of five books that also includes Over Sea, Under Stone (1965), Greenwitch (1974), The Grey King (1975, winner of the 1976 Newbery Medal) and Silver on the Tree (1977). In addition to the Newbery awards, the books in the series have won numerous other awards, including two Carnegie Honor Awards in Britain and the Tir na n-Og Award of Wales for The Grey King. The Dark Is Rising Sequence has been translated into twelve languages and has been read by over 100 million readers worldwide since its publication.
Ian McShane … Merriman Lyon
Christopher Eccleston … The Rider
Gregory Smith … Max
Jonathan Jackson … The Walker
Wendy Crewson … Mary Stanton
Amelia Warner … Maggie Barnes
James Cosmo … Dawson
Frances Conroy … Miss Greythorne
Drew Tyler Bell … James
John Benjamin Hickey … John Stanton
Alexander Ludwig … Will Stanton
Jim Piddock … George
Emma Lockhart … Gwen
Mark Donovan … Fight Promoter
Gary Entin … Paul Stanton
Edmund Entin … Robin Stanton
Stephen Evans … Trickster
Susan Cooper … Novel
John Hodge … Screenplay
Marc E. Platt … producer