Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell are joining Edward
Norton and Paul Giamatti in The Illusionist, helmed by writer-director
According to TheHollywoodReporter,
Biel, Sewell, Norton, and Giamatti are all set to star in the adaptation
of the Steven Millhauser short story titled Eisenheim the Illusionist.
Below is a snippet of what THP had to say about current developments:
Burger's adaptation of the Steven Millhauser short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" is set in 1900 Vienna. A streetwise magician (Norton) uses his dark arts to win Princess Sophie (Biel) away from Crown Prince Leopold (Sewell). Magician/historian Ricky Jay is consulting on the film.
Biel landed the coveted female lead in "The Illusionist," which she actively chased, after an arduous casting process including several screen tests. "She has been through the wringer," producer Catherine Schulman said. The filmmakers were seeking an actress who could bring a contemporary feel to a period yarn, and "she fit the bill," producer Michael London said
It has been a while since we have had a 'magic'
film, so The Illusionist should be a welcome change. For the entire
report, go to TheHollywoodReporter.
Stay tuned for updates.