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]
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This past summer, Woody Allen enjoyed the unexpected success of his film Midnight in Paris, which has been going strong in arthouses since May with over $100m earned worldwide. He also shot a new film in Rome, and for quite some time he was planning to call the movie Bop Decameron. There’s a lot to like about that title — it’s very Woody Allen, and even a good bit more jaunty than most of his titles. But it isn’t the sort of title that will keep a movie on screens for six months. Midnight in Paris sounds romantic and enticing. Bop Decameron sounds like… well, I imagine Woody realized a lot of people might not know what it sounds like.
So the film is now called Nero Fiddled. Not as jaunty or romantic, but at least people will know what he’s talking about. I hope. Read More »
Louis Leterrier‘s heist film Now You See Me is one that I think has been flying under the radar for a lot of people so far, but it is shaping up to be a really promising picture. The basics are that Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher and Melanie Laurent make up the bulk of the cast.
The story is crazy, as it follows the pursuit of a group of thieving illusionists by an FBI squad. The illusionists rob banks during their performances, and shower the audience with some or all of the proceeds. It’s an utterly ridiculous premise, and I can only hope that with the cast that has assembled, there’s something to the script that makes it work like crazy. And now Woody Harrelson has come on board to reunite with his Zombieland cohort Jesse Eisenberg and pull some heists. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Denzel Washington has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, which is being helmed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a critical success that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. In other words, no wonder someone in Hollywood’s decided to try and make it all over again.
The dramatic thriller centers around a retired criminal court investigator turned would-be novelist who’s struggling to get over a murder case and a romance that have haunted him for decades. Campanella’s film won raves for its unpredictable plotting, impressive camerawork, and excellent performances. I don’t think the American version sounds bad, so much as just pointless — but if it has to get remade, I suppose there are worse choices than Ray and Washington. [First Showing]
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Now You See Me, a thriller that takes place in the world of stage magic, is a film that might be flying under your radar at this point. So let’s change that, because it sounds like it could turn out to be something worth watching.
Screenwriters Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt have come up with a story about The Four Horsemen, a team of master illusionists who pull bank heists during their stage performances and then distributes the takings to each audience, as an FBI team attempts to take them down. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) is directing, which seems to set this as a break from his action-oriented resume. And the cast now includes Morgan Freeman as a former magician who now exposes the secrets of magic to the public. Read More »
The summer of 2011 is coming to a close and the final big studio comedy coming our way is 30 Minutes or Less, director Ruben Fleischer‘s post Zombieland/pre-Gangster Squad comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. In the film, which is loosely based on a true story, a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) has a bomb strapped to him by two thugs (McBride and Swardson) and is forced to rob a bank. A simple premise that, when you watch this new, restricted footage reel, is obviously prime for a ton of jokes, most of which have to do with sexual gratification.
Watch the video after the jump. The footage is tame but the language is decidedly NSFW, so get those headphones out. Read More »
Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Inglourious Basterds and Beginners actress Melanie Laurent is set to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me. The story revolves around FBI agents hunting down a group of world-famous bank-robbing magicians (sorry, illusionists) who shower their audiences with the stolen cash.
Jake Gyllenhaal, who was previously offered a role, has since passed. No news has been announced regarding either Philip Seymour Hoffman or Olivia Wilde, who were also circling parts in the film. The involvement of Laurent and Eisenberg seems like a good sign, though — both actors have good track records, and are probably big and respected enough to help draw in other high-quality talent. [Showblitz]
After the jump, two big ensemble comedy casts get just a little bit larger.
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