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The Illusionist movie

The Illusionist movie

From the producers of Crash and Sideways comes The Illusionist, a new movie with an all-star cast.  Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel star in The Illusionist, a film of romance, politics, and magic set in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

The film is being released on August 18th, so be sure to write it down and check it out when it gets released! It should be an exciting and entertaining film with great performances expected from Norton and Giamatti (and Biel too, of course).

Read the synopsis and look at some movie stills in the gallery.

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The Illusionist Synopsis:

A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, The Illusionist is the latest film from the producers of the Oscar winners Crash and Sideways.  The film stars Academy Award nominees Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits: Norton as mysterious stage magician Eisenheim, and Giamatti as Vienna’s shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl, with Jessica Biel sharing the screen as the beautiful Sophie von Teschen.

When word of Eisenheim’s astounding illusions reaches the powerful and pragmatic Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), the ruler attends one of the magician’s shows in order to debunk Eisenheim during the performance.  But when the Prince’s intended, Sophie von Teschen,assists the magician onstage, Eisenheim and Sophie recognize each other from their childhoods—and a dormant love affair is rekindled.  As the clandestine romance continues, Uhl is charged by Leopold to intensify his efforts to expose Eisenheim, even while the magician gains a devoted and vocal public following. With Uhl doggedly searching for the reasons and the man behind the trickery, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.

The Illusionist is written and directed by Neil Burger, and features top-notch production values, including a haunting score by master contemporary composer Philip Glass.

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  • Koah

    I really love Rufus Sewell. Nice to see him in this.

  • eddiewifey

    Glad to see Jessica Biel in a more feminine role. I hope this movie puts Edward Norton back on the map as a lead actor instead of a character actor.

  • skyla

    Edward Norton is in it. More than enough reason for me to see it.

  • kempeke

    Could Ed Norton possibly be any sexier? Yum, yum! I’m inspired to go home and pull out my old VHS copy of American History X!

  • macheath

    I don’t know why I’m always surprised to see Jessica Biel in a serious movie, but you know, this one looks pretty interesting. I might just go see it.

  • madmaxine

    saw this movie at a screening a week or so ago. rufus sewell is dynamic as ever but norton can’t act out of a paper bag and his austrian accent is ATROCIOUS. biel is barely in it but has a pivotal role. it was VEEEEEEEEEERRRRY predictable. laughably so.i feel sorry for paul giamatti. for such a good actor, he keeps getting shit roles in shit movies. he needs to fire his agent.

  • ErinMarie79

    I love Edward Norton. This movie looks interesting. Rufus Sewell is very underrated.

  • lise

    the poster looks intriguing but the fact that JESSICA BIEL is in the cast makes me extremely skeptical…

  • candice

    I’ve loved Edward Norton since I saw American History x a few weeks ago. I’m totally going to go see this movie! I’m sad that Jessica Biels is in it though.

  • Betsy

    I saw this about a month ago at a preview screening as well and really liked it…I actually thought Edward Norton was really good (although his accent was faulty) and Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewell added nice supporting performances.