Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Priest (novel)
Release Date October 20, 2006
Genre Fantasy / Drama / Thriller
MPAA Rating R
Robert Angier (Huck Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are a pair of rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London – each has a winning trick the other craves, but so arcane is the nature of these tricks, so incredibly difficult are they to perform, that they take on a peculiar life of their own, in one case involving a mysterious apparent double identity, in the other a reliance on the ferocious powers unleashed in the early experimental years of electricity. The rivalry of the two men is such that in the end, though both are ashamed of the strength of their feelings of spite and envy, it consumes them both, and affects their respective families for generations.
Scarlett Johansson’s Role
Scarlett Johansson has a minor role as a young English girl, Olivia Wenscombe. She is originally Rupert Angier’s (Hugh Jackman) assistant and eventually his lover. However, he orders her to Alfred Borden to spy on the competition.
… Hugh Jackman
… Christian Bale
… Michael Caine
… Rebecca Hall
Trivia & Facts
• Filming began in January 2006. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California with estimated budjet of $40,000,000.
• Sam Mendes had shown interest in adapting Christopher Priest’s novel for the big-screen, but Priest insisted that Christopher Nolan direct the film, based on his love for both The Following (1998) and Memento (2000).
Quotes: Scarlett Johansson
• “I thought that the character would be fun to play, this kind of spicy, vivaceous character. And I thought it was one of the best scripts I’ve ever read.”
• Director Christopher Nolan on Scarlett
“Scarlett is extraordinarily beautiful and glamorous but she also has this maturity beyond her years. Perhaps because she’s still very young as an actress, I don’t know, but that maturity is essential for making the part.”
• Co-star Michael Caineon Scarlett
“I hang out with Scarlett all the time. I love Scarlett. She’s a wonderful actress too, which is important. You know, there’s a lot of very beautiful women out there but they can’t act. She can.”
Quotes: Her Character
• “I am here because he sent me here. He wants me to come and work for you and steal your secrets.”
• “It was killing him. He’s obsessed with discovering your methods. He thinks of nothing else. There’s no future with him. He sent me here to steal your secrets but I’ve actually come to offer you his.”
• “The Great Danton is a blind fool!”
• “You could be in some other cafe saying the same thing about me right now. It’s inhuman to be so cold.”
• “He says that it’s even between you.”
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