Eragon Star, Author Meet
Ed Speleers, star of the upcoming fantasy film Eragon, told SCI FI Wire that it wasn't until after the movie was complete that he actually got to meet young author Christopher Paolini, on whose best-selling book the movie is based.
"We had planned to catch up and get together a few times, but he was on a book tour in Spain, because he had just launched the sequel," Speleers said. "He's a bit older than I am."
Speleers, now 18, was only 17 when he worked on the film, his first. Paolini, by contrast, was only 16 when he wrote the first of what would become his Inheritance trilogy of novels and is now just 22 and writing the final volume. Eragon became a best-seller in 2003, selling more than a million copies in half a year and appearing on The New York Times best-seller list for 87 weeks. It's been published in 37 countries. The story explores the tale of a young man and a telepathic dragon who defeat an evil king.
"I think that every kid has to deal with the emotions that are so well spelled out in this story, [and] that is what makes it so universal," Speleers said. "I think the reason why this book is such a success is because it was written by a young writer. I think he's great. We were supposed to meet a few times earlier, and he apologized when he couldn't. But when we did finally meet, it was great, and [we] exchanged e-mail addresses. I've e-mailed him today."
Paolini's second book, Eldest, came out during filming. Speleers said he has a voracious appetite for books, so he read it right away. And the young actor said he would definitely be up for a few more movies in the role. Eragon opens Dec. 15. —Mike Szymanski