Jeff Bridges channels his inner kid at Comic-Con's Seventh Son panel

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Jul 20, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges can go from childlike wonder to literary musings within the course of one panel.

"I haven't seen a movie like this since I was like 10 years old," waxed Bridges enthusiastically at the panel for Seventh Son, the new supernatural fantasy he stars in along with Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

Harrington got a huge roar of approval when he came onstage, but the biggest reception was reserved for Bridges, who has become something of a Comic-Con favorite thanks to his tireless promotion of Tron a few years back.

In Seventh Son, he plays a sort of wizard/knight/witch hunter who takes a young trainee (Barnes) under his tutelage to battle a powerful witch (Moore). Barnes is the seventh son of a seventh son, which means that he's got some potential powers of his own.

The 63-year-old Bridges said that doing the stunts for the movie made him feel a bit like a kid as well, although the iconic actor then pivoted into some deep philosophical ground, quoting Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn while discussing the film's themes of good and evil.

The footage looks on par with recent fantasies like Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, so it remains to be seen whether the presence of world-class actors like Bridges and Moore will help distinguish this one.

Seventh Son is out Jan. 17, 2014.