EXCLUSIVE: German actress Julie Engelbrecht is set to make her American film debut in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter opposite Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie. Diesel leads the fantasy actioner as an immortal witch hunter who teams with his natural enemy, a witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. Engelbrecht will do battle with Diesel in the villainous role of the Witch Queen, a part she landed after an international casting search.

Breck Eisner is directing the film from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods Of Egypt) based on a pitch by Cory Goodman, with additional work by D.W. Harper and Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-nominee Melisa Wallack. Producers are Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, and Diesel while One Race’s Samantha Vincent and Adam Goldworm are exec producers. Summit will handle the film’s North American release.

Paris-born Engelbrecht got her showbiz start at 12 starring with her thesp mother Constanze Engelbrecht in Adieu, mon ami and has been working steadily since in German and French film and TV. Credits include Before The Fall, Rasmus and Johanna, The Red Baron, Berlin 36, and Rumpelstilzchen. She’s repped by Elevate Entertainment in the U.S. and attorney Lev Ginsburg.