Jesse Eisenberg Will Star in Magician Heist Thriller 'Now You See Me'?

June 8, 2011
Source: Variety

Jesse Eisenberg

Back in February we learned that Clash of the Titans remake director Louis Leterrier would be at the helm of a magician heist thriller called Now You See Me. The original script from Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia) and Edward Ricourt follows a crack FBI squad caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of bank heists during their performances and shower the profits on their audiences. Now Variety reports Jesse Eisenberg has agreed to star in the film form Summit Entertainment. In addition, several other great talents apparently have offers to star in the film.

Apparently Jake Gyllenhaal has been offered the other lead role alongside Eisenberg, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde and Melanie Laurent have also been offered roles as well. Apparently Gyllenhaal and Eisenberg are in early negotiations, so they may not stick to the project. Apparently Summit had previously been looking for older talent along the lines of Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey and Hugh Grant before they decided to go with younger lead actors. This project certainly sounds intriguing and a teaming of Eisenberg and Gyllenhaal would definitely be interesting, but we'll see what happens. Stay tuned as this project develops. Interested?

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