Due out in January next year, Now You See Me is by far one of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2013. We got a brilliant first promo poster for the film towards the end of last year, and now have a great first image of Isla Fisher as an underwater escape artist.

The cast is nothing short of fantastic, headed up by the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine – pretty much as good as it gets.

“The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funnelling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.

FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?

As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.”

Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Clash of the Titans) has taken the helm, directing from a script by Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia) and newcomer Edward Ricourt, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (co-writers on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and Ed Solomon (Men in Black).

The heist genre, itself, is naturally always something that has an appeal to it, and that’s only compounded by the thieves being magicians. The cast is phenomenal, and I think there’s every reason to expect it will be one of the best films of 2013, kicking off the year brilliantly.

Now You See Me is due out in the US on 18th January next year, and will be here in the UK a week later on 25th January. Shooting has just wrapped, so hopefully we can look forward to seeing more from the film in the coming months. For now, the great first picture of Fisher the escapologist, followed by the awesome first promo poster in case you missed it last year (because I love it so much), which you can click to enlarge.

Source: USA Today via ComingSoon.net.