Isla Fisher Up for NOW YOU SEE ME Alongside Jesse Eisenberg; TRUE BLOOD’s Stephen Moyer to Topline Darren Lynn Bousman’s THE BARRENS

     September 15, 2011

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you tonight. First up, Isla Fischer is in talks to join the cast of Louis Leterrier’s magician heist pic Now You See Me. Fisher joins an impressive roster that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Melanie Laurent. The story centers on a group of illusionists who pull off a series of bank heists during their performances, and the FBI agent tasked with bringing them in.

Variety reports that Fisher will play a “master technician” who’s responsible for building the contraptions that the magician troupe uses. Amanda Seyfried was originally in negotiations for the role, but her deal never came to fruition. Ruffalo stars as the FBI agent hunting the group down, and Eisenberg will play the leader of the illusionist group, known as the Four Horseman (no relation to the very strong shot of the same name, I presume). Hit the jump for the casting news of Stephen Moyer in Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens.

jersey-devil-imageAdditionally, Variety reports that True Blood star and “Sookie is mine!”-shouter Stephen Moyer is set to headline Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Repo! The Genetic Opera) supernatural pic The Barrens. The film tackles the legend of the Jersey Devil, and centers on a man who takes his family on a camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrens only to encounter what they perceive to be the storied creature. The winged monster is described as a flying biped with hooves, although different variations have been passed down from generation to generation.

According to the truth-teller Wikipedia, legend has it that a whore invoked the devil when giving birth to her 13th child, and at the onset of birth or shortly thereafter, it transformed into the winged creature and flew off into the pines. Bousman told the trade that he doesn’t “want to turn it into a cheesy creature feature,” adding that he’s interested in focusing on the characters. The tone is described as something along the lines of Stephen King’s The Shining. Nevertheless, I’m hoping we get a super cool-looking practical creature. What’s a monster movie without a creepy ass monster?

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