Eisenberg, Gyllenhaal Ask “Now You See Me”

Jesse Eisenberg has agreed in principal and is in early negotiations to join the magician-heist pic “Now You See Me” at Summit Entertainment reports Variety.

An offer is out to Jake Gyllenhaal to play the other lead in this thriller about a group of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off daring bank heists during their performances, showering the profits on their audience.

Eventually, the FBI gets involved, prompting a cat-and-mouse game between adversaries. A slightly older mix of actors like Colin Firth, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey and Hugh Grant were being courted before the studio decided to go younger.

“Inglourious Basterds” breakout Melanie Laurent also has an offer, but scheduling is still being worked out for all the actors. Louis Leterrier (“Clash of the Titans”) directs from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, while Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing.