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Details on Christopher Nolan's next film, The Prestige

After making the critically-acclaimed Memento, Insomnia and Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan returns to his British roots with The Prestige, based on the novel by Christopher Priest.

Two 19th century stage illusionists, the aristocratic Rupert Angier and the working-class Alfred Borden, engage in a bitter and deadly feud; the effects are still being felt by their respective families a hundred years later. Working in the gaslight-and-velvet world of Victorian music halls, both men prowl edgily in the background of each other's shadowy life, driven to the extremes by a deadly combination of obsessive secrecy and insatiable curiosity. At the heart of the row is an amazing illusion they both perform during their stage acts. The secret of the magic is simple, and the reader is in on it almost from the start, but to the antagonists the real mystery lies deeper. Both have something more to hide than the mere workings of a trick.

Christian Bale will star as one of the two magicians before donning the cape once more in the next Batman instalment, whilst Hugh Jackman will come to this project fresh from X-Men 3; David Bowie and Michael Caine are also attached to star. Tentatively pencilled in for a 2006 release, with Nolan and his brother Jonathan writing the screenplay, The Prestige is one to most definitely keep an eye on.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 07:07:59

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