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Casting: Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal in talks for NOW YOU SEE ME; John Krasinski in Matt Damon’s directorial debut; more

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 8th, 2011

It’s a good week to be a casting agent.

First up, Variety is reporting that both Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal are in early talks to join the upcoming film, NOW YOU SEE ME. The film is being helmed by Louis Letterier with a script from Boaz Yakin and Edward Rcourt, and follows an FBI group who go up against the world’s best magicians and illusionists after a series of robberies.

Offers also appear to be out to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde, and Melanie Laurent, so this project is definitely garnering quite a bit of interest. Personally, I think the premise is really fun, and from Letterier, this could be one hell of a fun action flick. With something like THE INCREDIBLE HULK proving that he’s a really solid action filmmaker, that’s the least we can expect, right?

In other news, Deadline is reporting that Olivia Williams is the frontrunner to co-star with her RUSHMORE cohort Bill Murray in the upcoming film, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON. The film is penned by Richard Nelson, and is directed by Roger Michell. The film will follow “visit by King George VI to Hyde Park, the upstate New York home of the Roosevelt family in 1939. While the stakes are high—momentum was building toward WWII—the trip also happened as FDR’s wife discovered his affair with his cousin.”

Finally, Matt Damon recently revealed that John Krasinski will star in his upcoming directorial debut. The film is titled FATHER DAUGHTER TIME: A TALE OF ARMED ROBBERY AND ESKIMO KISSES (or at least that’s the title of the spec script from which the film draws its inspiration), and follows “on a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice on a three-state crime spree.” While I’m not a huge fan of Krasinski, the idea of Damon getting behind the camera sure as hell is interesting. He’s worked with such a great collection of filmmakers, that it will be really intriguing to see what he’s taken away from them.

What do you think?

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