Greed has a new, magical enemy: the Four Horsemen.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco star as an all-illusionist supergroup using their powers to steal from the rich and give to the poor in the action film Now You See Me (out Jan. 18).
"They are modern-day Robin Hoods," says director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk).
Eisenberg, the group's leader, plays a sleight-of-hand specialist, Harrelson is a hypnotist/mentalist, Franco is a pickpocket/generalist and Fisher stars as the world's best-looking escapologist.
She is recruited to the group after showing off her skills with an elaborate stage escape from chains and a water tank.
"So many things can go wrong on something like this," says Fisher, 36. "And I was doing the scene in high heels."
Her co-stars have learned the skills of their characters' professions for the just-completed shoot, which took them to locations in New Orleans, New York, Las Vegas and Paris. Franco, for example, mastered the art of card-throwing. "He takes a regular playing card and slings it with such force that he can cut a banana in half," Leterrier says.
Harrelson trained under Irish hypnotist Keith Barry and tried to mesmerize cast members including Mark Ruffalo, who plays an FBI agent on the Four Horsemen's trail.
"Woody tries to hypnotize everyone," Leterrier says during a break in filming. "Mark actually pretended it worked."