Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to star opposite Guy Pearce in the Harry Houdini biopic Death Defying Acts.

The film centers on Houdini during the height of his career in 1926, when he toured the world, amassing large crowds with his elaborate and daring escape performances. The Hollywood Reporter says Zeta-Jones will play an exotic psychic with whom Houdini embarks on a passionate affair.

Death Defying Acts will be directed by Gillian Armstrong (Little Women) and written by Tony Grisoni and Brian Ward; the picture is scheduled to start filming in the U.K. later this summer.

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