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It looks as if we’re in the prenatal stages of a new film trend--magicians. According to Variety, stars Amanda Seyfried and Mark Ruffalo are currently negotiating with Summit Entertainment for roles in Now You See Me, a film about illusionist bank robbers. This comes weeks after we found out the David Heyman, producer extraordinaire of Harry Potter fame, was circling another magician story based on the novel The Night Circus. Though, Now You See Me will be set in modern times when Night Circus, well, isn’t.
The film will follow an FBI Agent (Ruffalo) as he tries to nab a team of the world’s premiere illusionists who somehow rob banks during their performances and rain part of the earnings down on their audiences. Seyfried will appear as a technician who builds the machines that support the illusionists in their heists--not unlike David Bowie’s Nikola Tesla in The Prestige.
Also on board is director Louis Letterier, who recently helmed the giant mess that was Clash of the Titans, but also led The Incredible Hulk, a role which Ruffalo has taken over in The Avengers. Having this director on board could be a blessing or a curse judging by his spotty resume, but hopefully with a modern story with no gods or monsters involved, Letterier can find his footing like he did with Hulk and deliver an interesting cat-and-mouse thriller.
At his side will be the steady hand of the Kurtzman-Orci duo who will be producing through their strangely named Kurtzman Orci Paper Products arm, so expect the pair, who wrote Star Trek and many other high-profile movies in the past five years, to be involved with rewrites should Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt’s script call for it. More on Now You See Me as production draws nearer and more cast, of which there will be many, is added.