Jesse Eisenberg is best remembered for his fast-talker skills, his anti-social, neurotic, or geeky characters, and his curly hair. His most notable film roles include Mark Zuckerberg, that geeky Harvard student who becomes the founder of Facebook in “The Social Network,” and Columbus, that jerky guy who is forced to kill zombies for survival in “Zombieland.” But for his new film “Now You See Me,” he renders a very different character and a brand new look. He gets rid of his natural curls in favor of a wavy-to-straight hair that significantly changes his personality in an instant.
The Magician’s Look
Eisenberg sports a reddish-toned hair combed at ear-length for his magician role in this crime caper piece about high-class robbers. He looks pretty convincing as the leader of a team of illusionists who pull off incredible heists in different parts of the world. Interestingly, it is not as tough as it seems to shake off his stereotype image with this new hairdo.
A number of photos of him working on the set, particularly those situated on filming locations in New Orleans and Manhattan, are all over the Internet. His dramatic change of look is very much apparent with his shots side by side his magician colleagues. From afar, his behind-the-scene pictures kind of resemble a young Mark Wahlberg. But in more intimate close-up shots, he readily reveals that familiar Jesse Eisenberg face less the geeky and jerky demeanor.
This magician heist film by Louis Leterrier showcases Eisenberg in a more serious role. In the story, his character named Atlas is an arrogant but charismatic magician who successfully stages con jobs in very unusual ways. What makes his world-class gang distinct and controversial is how they use high-tech magic shows to complete bank robberies. Then, they reward their audiences by sharing their proceeds with them.
Their astonishing performances lead the FBI agents to track them down. They must find out how their magician skills work on their intriguingly audacious plots. The narrative brings a cat-and-mouse game on screen with law enforcers determined to make them pay for their crime spree.
Working with an All-star Cast
Eisenberg plays tricks and engages the audience in the story’s death-defying acts together with his co-stars Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson. This project brings him back to working on screen with Harrelson, his former zombie-killing partner in “Zombieland.” The film, which is set for release on the first quarter of 2013, also stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.