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Melanie Laurent Confirmed For 'Now You See Me'; Jake Gyllenhaal Out, Jesse Eisenberg Stays In

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 14, 2011 1:18 AM
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We definitely have a soft spot for Louis Leterrier, as far as action-led helmers go. Undeniably talented, he's more than proved his action chops on the first two "Transporter" films, and pulled off a solid superhero flick on "The Incredible Hulk." Unfortunately, his last film, "Clash of the Titans," while a big hit, suffered from shoddy 3D and was probably a script that shouldn't have gone before cameras in the first place.

While the currently-filming sequel was given to other hands, Leterrier hasn't been bowed, and his next film is shaping up to be his most promising to date by far. The French director is gearing up to direct "Now You See Me," a heist thriller about the face-off between an FBI team and a group of world-famous illusionists who pull heists during their act, and an impressive set of names were said to be circling the project, including Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Olivia Wilde. There's good news and bad news today, with some of the previous names being locked in, while at least one has moved on to new pastures.

Variety reports that "Inglourious Basterds" star Melanie Laurent, last seen being typically luminous in Mike Mills' wonderful "Beginners," is in firm negotations to play the female lead in the film, which, after her terrific turn in Tarantino's film, can only be a good thing. Laurent will join the increasingly, and deservingly, busy Eisenberg, who's now locked in to the project, but the trade reports that Gyllenhaal has passed. There's no word on whether Hoffman and Wilde are still involved -- neither have taken other projects recently, so it's possible they're still in talks.

Still, Eisenberg and Laurent alone would have our interest: both are relatively picky in their roles, which suggests that the script, by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, is strong. "Star Trek" writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing, and Summit will release the film. There's no exact word on when filming will start, but it'll presumably come some time after Eisenberg wraps Woody Allen's currently-filming "Bop Decameron," so perhaps we'll see it in theaters in late 2012 or early 2013.

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4 Comments

  • njingmei | October 8, 2011 1:07 AMReply

    interesting match: kind of look forward to seeing the sparks between melanie laurent and jesse eisenberg

  • tsnfan | July 15, 2011 4:02 AMReply

    Yay for Melanie Laurent but kinda sad Jake is out. He and Jesse would have been a great team-up. Love the premise of this movie but doubtful Jesse could even fit this and the Noah Baumbach film into his work schedule if shooting for those two films starts this year. Last news I read both Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts have their work scheds open now.

    Anyways, it's amazing how everything turned out well for Jesse. "Deservingly busy" you got that right. To think he was set to go back to school January this year then the Oscar hoopla happened. Now he's got the Woody Allen film and that play in October.

  • Mr Anonymous | July 14, 2011 3:52 AMReply

    The premise for this movie sounds absolutely fantastic!

    1. A thriller.
    2. Heist movie.
    3. FBI vs world famous illusionists

    My kinda film!

  • TimParker | July 14, 2011 1:37 AMReply

    Great stuff, but I hope Eisenberg will still be doing Noah Baumbach's next movie. If not, maybe someone else good will take his place. Basically just hope to hear more solid news on the Baumbach movie.

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