EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment initially struggled to assemble the cast of magician heist pic “Now You See Me” — but once the studio locked Jesse Eisenberg, the ensemble quickly came together, as Morgan Freeman is now in discussions to join Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Seyfried and Eisenberg in the Louis Leterrier-directed film.
Written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, story pits a team of FBI agents against the Four Horsemen, a squad of the world’s greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, then shower the profits on their auds.
Ruffalo is in the process of closing a deal to play the main FBI agent, while Eisenberg is set to play an arrogant but brilliant magician who’s the leader of the Four Horsemen.
Freeman is in talks to play Thaddeus, an ex-magician who has made a career out of exposing other magicians’ illusions, making him a despised figure within the magic community.
Seyfried and French thesp Melanie Laurent (“Beginners”) co-star as femme fatales who are on opposing sides of the law.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing via their Kurtzman Orci Paper Products shingle. Yakin will executive produce along with Bobby Cohen of Kurtzman Orci Paper Products.
CAA-repped Freeman is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” in which he reprises his role as Lucius Fox, the man behind Bruce Wayne’s bat-gadgets. He’ll next be seen alongside Ashley Judd in WB’s “Dolphin Tale” and is also set to star opposite Virginia Madsen in Rob Reiner’s “Summer at Dog Dave’s.”