Thesps in talks for Summit's magician thriller

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried are in negotiations to join the cast of Summit Entertainment’s magician heist pic “Now You See Me.”

Louis Leterrier (“Clash of the Titans”) is directing the pic, which is set to star Jesse Eisenberg and Melanie Laurent.

Written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, story pits a team of FBI agents in a game of cat and mouse against a squad of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances, showering the profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Ruffalo is in talks to play the main FBI agent, while Seyfried will play a master technician who builds contraptions to aid in the illusion of the heists.

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.

Summit execs Erik Feig, Michael Schaefer and Ashley Schlaifer will oversee the project for the studio.

Ruffalo is currently filming Marvel’s “The Avengers,” in which he plays Bruce Banner, who’s better known as The Hulk. Thesp is also attached to star in the sex addiction indie “Thanks For Sharing,” which reunites Ruffalo with “The Kids Are All Right” scribe Stuart Blumberg.

Seyfried next starts opposite Justin Timberlake in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi pic “In Time,” which 20th Century Fox opens Oct. 28. Thesp is currently filming Justin Zackham’s “The Big Wedding” with Robert De Niro and Katherine Heigl.

Ruffalo is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, while Innovative Artists reps Seyfried.

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