Casting Bits, Famous Younger Brothers Edition: Dave Franco in ‘Now You See Me’, Liam Hemsworth in ‘Timeless’
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Dave Franco has become the latest addition to Summit’s magician heist film Now You See Me, boarding a very promising cast that already includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson. Franco is probably still best known for being the younger brother of Oscar nominee/host James Franco, but he’s become a rising star in his own right, with his recent turn in Fright Night and his upcoming appearances in 21 Jump Street and the zombie romance Warm Bodies.
Louis Leterrier is directing the film from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film follows a group of illusionists called the Four Horsemen, who pull off bank heists during their stage shows and then shower their oblivious audiences with the stolen cash. Franco will play one of the Four Horsemen, joining Eisenberg, who plays the team’s arrogant leader. [Deadline]
After the jump, Thor’s kid brother books yet another new role.
The Hunger Games isn’t set to open til next year, but star Liam Hemsworth is already in high demand. The actor already has a handful of gigs lined up for next year, including the Vietnam war drama AWOL and the extravagant actioner Expendables 2, and he’s now entered talks to star in Phillip Noyce‘s Timeless. The script, by Enchanted writer Bill Kelly, revolves around a young widower (Hemsworth) who so grieves the loss of his late wife that he decides to use the money she left him to build a time machine that can take him back to see her one last time.
The drama marks a return to swooning romances for Hemsworth. Though he’s been booking action gigs as of late, he actually got his first big break playing Miley Cyrus’ love interest in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song. His part in The Hunger Games should fall somewhere in between the two genres, as his character Gale is an expert hunter who’s in love with protagonist Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). [Cinema Blend]