Woody Harrelson Wants To Run Magic Heists In Now You See Me

By Katey Rich 2011-09-29 18:17:58discussion comments
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Rumor has it that Woody Harrelson could be an Oscar nominee once again this year for his turn in Rampart, playing a corrupt LAPD officer in a new drama from his The Messenger director Oren Moverman. And Harrelson, being no fool, is cashing in that kind of good buzz, which seems to only get stronger the older he gets. Variety reports that Harrelson is in negotiations to join Now You See Me, the positively insane-sounding magician heist drama from The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier.

Ignore the guys's spotty credits for a moment and consider the cast he's already assembled-- Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Melanie Laurent are all already set for roles. From the looks of it Harrelson would be playing the lead, the magician-on-the-lam Merritt Osbourne, who flees to Vegas and "joins the Four Horsemen," a group of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances. If that wasn't enough of a twist for you, they then "shower the profits on their audiences"-- whether or not that's literal, I'm not sure.

For all his laid-back charm, Harrelson possesses an intensity that makes you believe he could be the head of an international crime ring, leading through persuasion but also the sense that he could crack your skull any moment. In other words, he seems perfect for the role. Sure, he also seems perfect for his next high profile role, playing Haymitch in The Hunger Games, but I guess that just speaks to the boundless appeal of the Harrelson.
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