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(2006)

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Many fans of the book were upset at Stefen Fangmeier's decisions to take out crucial characters and plot lines.
There are well over fifty differences between the movie and book plot lines.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were offered the role of Brom, but turned it down because of their commitment to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Plans were made to adapt the other three books in the series, with director Stefen Fangmeier intending to film the second and third movie back-to-back. However, after negative reviews by both audience and critics, any ideas for sequels were dropped.
The film was advertised as "The First Chapter in the Inheritance Trilogy". At this time, the second story, "Eldest" had been published, but the third book was neither published nor named. The October after this film was released, book author Christopher Paolini announced that the final book would be split in two, making the Inheritance Trilogy the "Inheritance Cycle". (The final two books were named Brisingr and Inheritance.)
The movements of Saphira flying were modeled after those of an eagle.
Alex Pettyfer was offered the role of Eragon, previous to the casting of Ed Speleers. Pettyfer said he had turned down the role partly because Eragon was filmed in Budapest and he's afraid of flying.
Elijah Wood and Shia LaBeouf were considered for the role of Eragon.
The last major film to be released on VHS in the United States.
Joss Stone's first film role.
Ed Speleers was a boarder at Eastbourne College when he beat out 180,000 other applicants to win the title role of Eragon.
There are two instances where elves and dwarves are mentioned, but none are ever shown. Arya and King Hrothgar are described as an elf and a dwarf in the novel, but appear as humans in the film.
Christopher Paolini, author of the original novel, expressed his wishes to make a cameo appearance in the film, specifically a warrior who is beheaded in the battle of Farthen Dur. However, he was unable to due to the constraints of his European Book Tour.
Murtagh's (Garrett Hedlund) name is mentioned only once in the movie. Nasuada's (Caroline Chikezie) name is never said. King Hrothgar's (Gary Lewis) name or authority is never said or stated.
The final writing credits for the movie were not decided on until days before it was released, resulting in the posters crediting various combinations of Peter Buchman, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Jesse Wigutow for the screenplay. In the end, the WGA decided that Buchman alone should get the screenplay credit.
As of 2015, this remains the first (and only) film directed by Stefen Fangmeier, who's mostly known for doing visual effects work on Terminator 2 (1991) and Jurassic Park (1993), and as the second unit director on Galaxy Quest (1999).
Guy Pearce was a candidate for the role of Durza the Shade.
Emily Blunt was turned down for the part of Arya. However, it was during the casting process of this film that she caught the eye of a casting director from Fox, which led to her part in The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
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Arya's hair color was meant to be black.
The three cast members Garrett Hedlund, Ed Speleers and Jeremy Irons all share the middle name of John.
The film borrows plot elements from "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
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Rachel Weisz and Alun Armstrong both starred in 2001's "The Mummy Returns".
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Ágnes Bánfalvy, who played the Varden Woman originally had a larger role as the woman who asked Eragon to bless the baby. The scene was cut from the theatrical version, but were included in the film's deleted scenes credited as "Mother". Despite this, she can still be seen in the background with all the other Varden villagers.
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Much of the phrasing by the characters in the trailer is different from what was actually shown in the theatrical release of the movie.
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This isn't the first movie that Jeremy Irons has played in with dragons. The other movie is Dungeons & Dragons (2000).
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The Princess is called Arya. In the HBO fantasy drama television series "Game of Thrones" Maisie Williams's character is called Arya Stark. Both "Eragon" and "Game of Thrones" are based on fantasy novels.
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23 years earlier, Alun Armstrong starred in the 1983 fantasy film "Krull". The film was about a prince whom along with a fellowship of companions set out to rescue a princess from a fortress of alien invaders that have invaded that world.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Eragon tries to save Brom with the incantation "Waisse heill!" This is an inside joke for language buffs. "Waes hael" ("Be well!") was an Old English drinking toast and source of the word "wassail," a kind of Christmas punch.

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