Ben Affleck to star in Harry Houdini movie, but there’s a catch

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Ben Affleck is attached to the disney star Harry Houdini movie 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, but not as a magician himself.

Based on William Kalush and Larry Slomanbook of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Creation of America’s First Superhero, the project has been in development for several years, since Trachtenberg signed it while he was in preparation at Lionsgate. This studio seems to have him spinning, and now, somehow, Jeff Robinov Studio 8 stepped in and installed it at Disney, according to a new profile in the Hollywood Reporter.

Noah Oppenheim (Jackie) wrote the screenplay for the master illusionist, who also investigated the occult and was kind of an adventurer, so the movie should be more than just magic.

However, in a twist worthy of Houdini himself, Affleck is do not should play the main character. According to a follow-up report from SlashFilm, Affleck has agreed to play “a supporting character who’s sort of an agent” and could operate in the same circles as Houdini.


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Quite interesting, Johnny depp was originally going to play Houdini (at least I guess) in this same project at the time Dean Parisot was attached to live. Personally, I would like to see Robert Downey Jr. tackling Houdini on the big screen, but Affleck is definitely an upgrade from Depp, and I was a huge fan of his performance as George Reeves in Hollywoodland, then maybe another period piece will suit him just as well.

Here’s Amazon’s synopsis for The Secret Life of Houdini: The Creation of America’s First Superhero:

King handcuffs. Escape artist. International superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been recounted in books, in movies and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, famous magical expert William Kalush and best-selling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing inspiration from millions of pages of research, they detail the passions that drove Houdini to accomplish ever more dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the life of the master magician from desperate poverty to world fame – his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatic spiritualists led by the prestigious British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Introducing the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and fascinating portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

Affleck recently logged in to play in George Clooneynext movie Le Tender Bar, and you can click here to learn more about this Amazon project. It is also planned to lead The big goodbye, which tells about the making of Chinese district.


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