Cage plays sorcerer in Disney's live-action pic

Jay Baruchel is negotiating to play the title role in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” for Walt Disney Pictures. He joins Nicolas Cage, who plays the sorcerer in the Jon Turteltaub-directed live-action pic.

Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.

Baruchel, who co-starred in “Tropic Thunder,” next plays the lead in the DreamWorks romantic comedy “She’s Out of My League.”

He’s also attached to co-star with Seth Rogen in “Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse,” a project they’ve set at Mandate Pictures. Baruchel is also lead voice in the DreamWorks animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Scripted by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal and rewritten by Matt Lopez, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” takes place in contemporary New York, where a wizard searches for an apprentice.

Cage, Saturn partner Norm Golightly and Todd Garner will be exec producers along with Chad Oman, Barry Waldman and Mike Stenson.

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