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Casting News: Robert De Niro Joins 'Idol's Eye', Johnny Depp Negotiating for Houdini Film

May 28, 2014 (4:26 am) GMT
De Niro is tapped to play opposite Robert Pattinson in the secretive thriller while Depp is in talks to portray the famed magician.

is officially on board Olivier Assayas' "". The veteran actor is to star opposite "" alum in the "sophisticated" indie heist action thriller which plot remains under wraps.

Filming is set to begin in October in Chicago and Toronto. Assayas, who is fresh from debuting "" at Cannes, will be directing the pic for Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs is exec producing the project for the studio. International Film Trust handle the foreign markets while CAA will represent domestic rights along with WME.

This is Assayas' second film featuring a "Twilight" star. "Clouds of Sils Maria" which was entered for competition at Cannes, starred .

Meanwhile, THR is reporting that is in negotiations to star as Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit's "". Based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero", the film has Houdini portrayed as not just a famed magician and master escape artist but also an investigator of the world of occult.

Dean Parisot of "" is directing using the script from Noah Oppenheim (""). Lionsgate is eying a November 2014 start, which may or may not clash with the shooting of "".

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