NYCC: Execs already talking "Last Witch Hunter" sequel, says Diesel

Don't let the name fool you. The movie may be called "The Last Witch Hunter," but really, it's just the first.

Vin Diesel hasn't yet begun to fight off supernatural forces as Kaulder, the titular magician-huntsman in the sprawling action blockbuster that is set for an October 23, 2015 release, but that didn't stop the "Fast & Furious" frontman from stepping on the gas and revving up fans for sequel during this weekend's New York Comic-Con.

Speaking to a crowd during a Saturday panel for "The Last Witch Hunter," alongside fellow castmembers Rose Leslie, Michael Caine and Elijah Wood, as well as director Brock Eisner, Diesel explained that studio executives are ready to begin work on the next installment of a prospective series.

"I was doing a scene with Michael Caine and we were halfway through filming... and all the studio execs were behind the monitor all day. Then they came to my trailer and said, 'We want to start the sequel.'"

Given the star-studded cast and prevalence of franchise storytelling across the Hollywood landscape, it may be no surprise that decision-makers have plans for the series beyond a one-off. Still, going public with future plans so early in the cycle is a strong show of confidence in the project, which Diesel likened to another action epic he plays a role in. "I guess [it's] the same way Marvel announced 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' before the movie," he speculated.

Diesel revealed that the evolving dynamic between "Game of Thrones" alum Rose Leslie's character, a modern-day witch, and his own is what sets a potential sequel in motion. "The relationship between Chloe and Kaulder becomes so significant it changes the relationship between Kaulder and the Axe and Cross," the centuries-old organization tasked with keeping the wicked forces at bay. Diesel also told fans that seeds for future stories were planted in the script.

"I will say there's a great line in the movie from Chloe -- a very pivotal line -- that there are much worse things in this movie, lurking in the shadows," he foreshadowed.

"They are ready, they are prime to leap out of the shadows," Leslie pitched in.

"You'll have to wait for the sequel I guess," Diesel laughed.

In the meantime, they'll have to wait for the first movie, too.

Additional reporting by Meagan Damore.

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