Morgan Freeman to Play One Bad Ex-Magician in 'Now You See Me'

August 10, 2011
Source: Variety

Morgan Freeman

The film just gained a female lead when Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent joined the cast of the magician heist flick Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg. Now the Louis Leterrier directed film has just gained another esteemed cast member as Variety reports Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the story following a team of FBI agents against the Four Horsemen, a squad of the world's greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, then shower the profits on their audiences. In addition, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried have also been confirmed to star. More below!

The film sounds like a hell of a lot of fun, and much more promising than Leterrier's efforts to remake Clash of the Titans. In the film, Freeman will play Thaddeus, an ex-magician who has made a career out of exposing other magicians' illusions, making him a despised figure within the magic community. Seyfried and Laurent are playing females on opposite sides of the law, though I don't think it's clear which is the criminal and which is part of the law. Finally, Ruffalo is playing the main FBI agent out to stop the Four Horsemen led by Eisenberg. With a cast of this caliber, I can't wait to see how this flick turns out.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


I can already tell im going to love this movie

DavidBlaine on Aug 10, 2011


This sounds awesome. Is this a graphic novel?

Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011


Morgan, get back to Rama !!

Tester on Aug 11, 2011


This sounds  like a gem. Cannot wait.

Angry Chief on Aug 11, 2011


Sounds great. Eisenberg is a bit one-note so hopefully this gives him the chance to really come into his own. But the cast sounds really awesome right now.

ate on Aug 11, 2011


Great casting.

Davide Coppola on Aug 11, 2011


the concept for the story sounds great

andrew on Aug 11, 2011


wow i already in love but the sounds of it.

batigol on Aug 11, 2011


Now you don't...

CookieMonster on Aug 12, 2011


This film sounds very intriguing, especially with the addition of Morgan Freeman.  I love the magic and heist combination.  I loved The Prestige and the unknown revolving around the magic tricks really added to the intrigue.  It should do the same in a heist film.

Rankography on Oct 28, 2011

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