By EW Staff
Updated August 11, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Eragon: ILM
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The season’s most-anticipated fantasy adventure — okay, only fantasy adventure — is turning into one of its most frustrating mysteries. Based on the best-selling novel by Christopher Paolini, Eragon is a flashy sword-and-sorcery epic. But at its center lies the tender relationship between the title character, played by 18-year-old newcomer Edward Speleers, and a female dragon named Saphira. The two tackle human/reptilian growing pains in tandem and eventually bring down an evil king (John Malkovich). The problem is, with the exception of the CG wizards at ILM and Weta Digital toiling away on the film’s 3,000 effects shots, no one has seen the winged beast yet. Speleers, though, is confident that director Stefen Fangmeier, who earned Oscar nominations for his visual-effects work on Twister and The Perfect Storm, will produce a convincing she-monster. In the meantime, he didn’t much mind delivering his lines to a tennis ball attached to a stick. ”I didn’t get any backchat,” he says, adding, with macho teenage flippancy, ”which is better than with most women.” Given the book’s young female fan base, that’s an attitude Speleers may want to have digitally erased.


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  • PG
  • 104 minutes
  • Stefen Fangmeier