Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a archimage in modern-day Manhattan angry adjoin the armament of evil, in accurate his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), while analytic for the being who will accede Merlin's powers. This turns out to be Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a physics amateur at New York University, whom Balthazar takes as a afraid prot. The archimage gives his afraid amateur a blast advance in the art and science of abracadabra and sorcery, in adjustment to stop Horvath and Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige) from antibacterial the world.
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In 740 AD, one of Merlin's (James A. Stephens) apprentices, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), joins armament with the angry sorceress Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige), betraying Merlin. Morgana acutely wounds Merlin afore his added apprentices, Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and Veronica (Monica Bellucci), can stop her. While Balthazar battles Horvath, Morgana prepares to annihilate Balthazar, but is chock-full by Veronica, who absorbs Morganas anatomy into her own body. As Morgana tries to annihilate Veronica from within, Balthazar stops her by imprisoning Morgana and Veronica in the Grimhold, a bastille agnate to a nesting doll.
Before dying, Merlin gives his actual amateur a dragon arena that will accept the Prime Merlinian, who will become Merlin's successor. Abandoned the Prime Merlinian will be able to defeat Morgana. Throughout history Balthazar imprisons Morganians, sorcerers who try to absolution Morgana, including Horvath, into alternating layers on the Grimhold while he searches for the successor.
Balthazar's animate hawkeye came from the gargoyles on the Chrysler Building
In 2000 AD in Manhattan, 10-year-old Dave Stutler (Jake Cherry) encounters Balthazar in an aged store, who is as active as back Merlin gave him the ring. Hoping he is the successor, Balthazar gives him the dragon ring, which comes animate and locks assimilate Dave's finger. Dave accidently opens the Grimhold, absolution Horvath. While aggressive for control of the Grimhold, Balthazar and Horvath are confined in a boutonniere with a ten-year lock. Dave is ashamed back he is apparent by his abecedary and classmates with his pants wet due to a boutonniere that bankrupt in his lap. There is no trace of the battle, so anybody believes Dave fabricated it up.
Ten years later, Dave (Jay Baruchel) is a physics amateur at New York University and has fabricated the associate of a adolescence friend, Becky (Teresa Palmer). The mystical urn�s lock opens and Horvath escapes Balthazar. Horvath finds Dave, who is the aftermost being he remembers possessing the Grimhold. Dave threw the Grimhold abroad afterwards the battle, so he has no abstraction area it is. Back Dave cannot acquaint him, Horvath unleashes a backpack of wolves. Balthazar rescues Dave.
Dave initially refuses to advice Balthazar, absent abandoned a accustomed life, but agrees to advice as continued as Balthazar will leave Dave abandoned already the Grimhold is found. They clue the Grimhold to Chinatown, area Horvath has appear the abutting Morganian, a astrologer called Sun Lok (Gregory Woo). Dave defeats Sun Lok, and Balthazar retrieves the Grimhold. Dave loves application abracadabra and agrees to become Balthazar's apprentice. He becomes romantically complex with Becky adjoin Balthazar's wishes.
Stairs and walkways were congenital over an absolute bubbler for the acute arena in Bowling Green esplanade in Manhattan (seen attractive southwest)
Horvath enlists archimage Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) to advice him retrieve the Grimhold and defeat Balthazar and Dave, whom Horvath realizes is the Prime Merlinian. They attack to annihilate Dave, but Balthazar saves him. Cued by Horvath, Dave demands to apperceive the accuracy about Balthazar�s quest. Balthazar reveals that Morgana is trapped in the Grimhold, as able-bodied as Veronica; if Morgana escapes she will attack "The Rising", which will accession sorcerers from the dead, and use them to abort the world. Dave is the abandoned one who can defeat Morgana.
Horvath and Drake abduct the Grimhold and Horvath uses a spell to abduct Drake's energy, killing him. He releases the witch, Abigail Williams (Nicole Ehinger), from the aftermost band about the Grimhold and uses her to kidnap Becky. Already Abigail completes that, Horvath steals Abigail's energy. Horvath threatens to annihilate Becky, banishment Dave to abandonment the Grimhold and his ring. Balthazar goes to defeat Horvath and Morgana, alive that after the arena Dave will be killed.
The atom (just in advanced of the steps) area Dave saves Balthazar by jump-starting his heart
Horvath releases Morgana, who still possesses Veronica's body, from the Grimhold. Morgana begins the spell. Horvath animates the Charging Bull carve at the arctic end of Bowling Green park, which attacks Balthazar.
With Becky's help, Dave alcove them in time to defeat Horvath and stop Morgana from commutual the Rising. Balthazar takes Morgana's anatomy from Veronica's anatomy into his own. Morgana�s spirit escapes Balthazar's body, and begins to shoot activity bolts at Veronica, which causes Balthazar to booty the damage, killing him. Her aerial bump is about to bake them until Dave stops her, application abracadabra after the ring, proving he is the Prime Merlinian. Dave again saves Balthazar by jump-starting his heart. Balthazar reunites with Veronica, alms her with a chaplet he bought for her afore she sacrificed herself. Dave and Becky fly to France on Balthazar's eagle.
After the end credits, Mickey Mouse's Fantasia astrologer hat is apparent in a bottle jar, with Horvath's hat on a adjacent table. A duke alcove out and takes it.
* Nicolas Cage as Balthazar Blake: A thousand year old archimage based on the archimage Yen Sid portrayed in Fantasia.
* Jay Baruchel as David "Dave" Stutler: An boilerplate academy amateur who becomes Blake's apprentice. He is based on the appearance played by Mickey Mouse in Fantasia.
o Jake Cherry as Young David "Dave" Stutler
* Alfred Molina as Maxim Horvath: An angry archimage and Balthazar's rival.
* Teresa Palmer as Rebecca "Becky" Barnes: The adulation absorption of Dave.
o Peyton R. List as Young Becky
* Toby Kebbell as Drake Stone: A celebrity illusionist, who joins armament with Horvath.
* Omar Benson Miller as Bennet: Dave's roommate.
* Monica Bellucci as Veronica: A sorceress, and the long-lost adulation of Balthazar Blake.
* Alice Krige as Morgana le Fay: Merlin's greatest enemy.
* James A. Stephens as Merlin: The allegorical astrologer dead in 740 AD by Horvath and Morgana.
* Gregory Woo as Sun Lok: A Chinese wizard.
* Robert Capron as Oliver: Dave Stutler's best acquaintance as a child.
* Nicole Ehinger as Abigail Williams: A witch in the aftermost band about the Grimhold.
* Ethan Peck as Andre