Morgan Freeman to Play the Magician Judas in ‘Now You See Me’

I’m starting to feel a pretty strange connection to Louis Leterrier‘s upcoming heist movie Now You See Me. First he seemed to be practically reading my mind by casting all of my favorite actors in prominent roles. And now, just days after I randomly and nonsensically mentioned Morgan Freeman in an article reporting on Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried joining the cast, comes word that Leterrier is negotiating with Freeman to join the film as well. Hello? Louis? Are you in there? Can you hear my thoughts?

Let’s run down the cast once more, and see where Freeman fits in. Jesse Eisenberg is set to play the leader of a group of magicians (now being referred to as “the Four Horsemen” in the Variety article) who use their powers of illusion to rob banks and then shower the audience at their magic shows with money. Mark Ruffalo will play the head F.B.I. dude intent on shutting their little crime ring down. Amanda Seyfried will be playing the technician that builds all of the magicians’ equipment. And Melanie Laurent is set to play a lead character who sits on the right side of the law.

What’s that leave for Freeman to do? He will be playing a character named Thaddeus, who used to be a magician himself but now has made himself a pariah in the community by exposing how everyone else pulls off their tricks. Sounds intriguing. Will he be helping Ruffalo expose and capture Eisenberg and his gang, or will he have to make some sort of strained pact with Eisenberg because they need his skills for their robberies? Either way it goes, this movie has my mind spinning with how cool it sounds. Must me more of Leterrier’s mental voodoo. If the next bit of news they come out with for this one is that they’re going after Allison Brie, another name I randomly mentioned in the last article; I?ll probably freak out. Come on Leterrier, make me believe in magic.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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