What’s it about? As IMDB puts it, the film (developed from a 2003 best-selling novel of the same name) follows a farm boy in his homeland of Alagaësia who “happens upon a dragon's egg—a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.” (For more info about the novel and storyline, see this blog’s previous post.)
Why’s this film on a God-talk blog? As I’ve said before, fantasy films usually have the potential to generate God-talk. The Lord of Rings films introduced a lot of people to the presence of biblical themes in high fantasy: good versus evil, a quest for truth, a fight for right-ness, hope, sacrifice, nature of love, redemption, faith, community, etc. All of these are dominant themes in Scripture, and most of them also run through Eragon in one form or another.
The film is due out December 15, and the cast includes such well-known actors as Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich and stars newcomer Edward Speleers in the lead role.