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Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal to star in magician-themed heist pic?

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After a tough time filming the FX-heavy films INCREDIBLE HULK and CLASH OF THE TITANS back-to-back, director Louis Leterrier is slowing things down for his next film, NOW YOU SEE ME. The film is about a group of magicians who perform bank heists during their shows and how has two actors set to play the illusionists. Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in the film with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde and Melanie Laurent also in talks to join the film.

I'm not exactly sure how the magicians pull off bank heists in the middle of a magic show but I guess that's for them to figure out and not me. (Just the idea of Olivia Wilde as a sexy magician's assistant is enough to get me interested.)

Summit had originally been looking at older stars for the film including Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant but decided to skew the film younger because that's just what Hollywood likes to do. Both Eisenberg and Gyllenhaal are working out their schedules to make the film but the former is especially busy with a starring role in Noah Baumbach's WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, Woody Allen's next film and a Broadway stint this fall in "Asuncion."

Besides Leterrier, NOW YOU SEE ME is developed by a bunch of guys you might be familiar with including producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (STAR TREK, TRANSFORMERS) and writer Boaz Yakin (who once directed REMEMBER THE TITANS and recently wrote PRINCE OF PERSIA).

Source: Variety

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12:07AM on 06/10/2011

Love me some Olivia Wilde.

Great cast, Louis Leterrier sucks big fuckin elephant fuckin dicks as a director though.
Great cast, Louis Leterrier sucks big fuckin elephant fuckin dicks as a director though.
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5:16PM on 06/09/2011
Hmmm, sounds interesting. Olivia Wilde definitely adds to the intrigue.
Hmmm, sounds interesting. Olivia Wilde definitely adds to the intrigue.
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1:27PM on 06/09/2011
Didn't really care until the cast list grabbed my interest. Sign me up!
Didn't really care until the cast list grabbed my interest. Sign me up!
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12:13PM on 06/09/2011
The cast is enough to pique my interest. I'm glad they didn't go with Hugh Grant, though the other older actors would've been fun to watch. Still, Eisenberg, Gyllenhaal, Hoffman, Wilde, and Laurent, I wanna see what these guys can do together. I am a little weary of big-budget heist movies that make a bigger show of the heist than the thieves. But Philip Seymour Hoffman is a wild card I'm willing to bet on.
The cast is enough to pique my interest. I'm glad they didn't go with Hugh Grant, though the other older actors would've been fun to watch. Still, Eisenberg, Gyllenhaal, Hoffman, Wilde, and Laurent, I wanna see what these guys can do together. I am a little weary of big-budget heist movies that make a bigger show of the heist than the thieves. But Philip Seymour Hoffman is a wild card I'm willing to bet on.
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9:57AM on 06/09/2011
What an A-cast! The concept itself is at least intriguing. But I fear the tagline for this kind of movie will be along the lines of: "The illusionist meets The Town."

And Olivia Wilde? Yes, please!
What an A-cast! The concept itself is at least intriguing. But I fear the tagline for this kind of movie will be along the lines of: "The illusionist meets The Town."

And Olivia Wilde? Yes, please!
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