New Stills and Fun Facts from Disney’s ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

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Walt Disney Studios recently sent us a couple of new stills from their upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell and Monica Belluci.

They also asked us to share a few behind-the-scene facts from the movie with you:

In the film, Maxim Horvath (Molina) conjures up a small pack of wolves that chase title character Dave (Baruchel) through a New York City subway station. Although the station is — at times — a rather incredible set, the wolves are very real and are named Bandit, Sierra, Samson and Takoda. They live at Howling Woods Farm, a wolf sanctuary in Jackson Township, NJ. Howling Woods even has a fascinating collection of dozens of behind-the-scene photos from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as well as the four-legged stars’ appearance in the film’s calendar.

Every single page of the enormous and constantly growing Ecantus, which is featured in one of the new stills with Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, had to be aged individually. It was done so by experts in medieval bookbinding who used a battery of methods to do so, ranging from sanding the papers to wetting them with tea.

Sorcerer Sun Lok’s (Gregory Woo) armored skirt was made by the costuming department from more than a thousand hand-pounded leather plates and was bounded row by row. If that wasn’t enough, they even made a second copy of the armored skirt exactly the same way.

The seven domains in the Merlin Circle are: Space-Time, Motion, Matter, Elements, Transformation, Mind and, in the center of it all, Love — the forbidden domain. The multi-colored flames that shoot out of the Merlin Circle in the underground lab were created like a gigantic stove-top burner with five rods, each six inches below the deck in the water tank.

Below is our gallery of all the stills from the film we’ve received so far. The two newest are at the beginning of the gallery.

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All images © Disney Enterprises and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens nationwide on July 14.

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