According to Variety, Edward Norton has signed on to play the lead in helmer Neil Burger's The Illusionist, a bigscreen adaptation of Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist."

Skedded for an April start in Prague, pic is being produced by Bull's Eye Entertainment's Cathy Schulman and Bob Yari, Michael London Prods.' Michael London and hyphenates Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Norton plays a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a prince, the magician uses his powers to win her back and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna.