Louis Leterrier seems to be intent on pulling off the greatest magic trick of all time: getting all of my favorite young actors to appear in the same film. A movie about illusionists turned bank robbers playing a game of cat and mouse with the F.B.I. is interesting enough just as a pitch, but every new name he adds to the Now You See Me cast ends up making me more and more excited to see the end product.
First he snagged Jesse Eisenberg to play the lead role. Eisenberg is an actor that started turning heads with The Squid and the Whale and then just kept turning in constantly solid work until finally achieving mainstream acclaim with his turn as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Any notion of him being the other Michael Cera has been long disproven. After getting a leading man, Leterrier needed an equally charming leading lady so he went after French actress Melanie Laurent. She, of course, is the feisty little philly who blew everyone (including important Nazi officials) away as Shoshanna in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. That’s quite a pair already.
But Variety has some new casting news that sweetens the pot even more. Apparently Leterrier and company are negotiating with everybody’s favorite mumble mouthed indie superstar Mark Ruffalo to take on the role of the head F.B.I. guy. Ruffalo has done so much good work in so many different kinds of films at this point that I’d be willing to watch him do anything. Also, there’s the matter of casting the master technician who builds all of the magicians’ contraptions. Who would you envision in that role, an elder statesman like a Morgan Freeman or something? Nah, Leterrier is going after bombshell blonde Amanda Seyfried. I’ve been in love with this fine little actress since Mean Girls, so it’s nice to see her involved in something that doesn’t look terrible every once in a while. If all goes according to plan, that’s two of my biggest man crushes and two of my biggest girl crushes all in the same movie. What else could Leterrier have up his sleeve? If the next bit of news is that he’s cast Ryan Gosling and Allison Brie, I just might lose my mind.