According to Variety, Guy Pearce has signed to star in the Houdini drama Death Defying Acts, with Rachel Weisz in negotiations to co-star as the magician's mistress.

Based on true events during the escape artist Harry Houdini's 1926 tour of Britain, pic follows Houdini's passionate relationship with a woman he encounters in Scotland.

The pic will be directed by Gillian Armstrong and was written by Tony Grisoni (Tideland) and Brian Ward (The Interpreter).

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Pearce's credits include "Memento" and L.A. Confidential. Weisz recently starred in Constantine and will appear next in The Fountain.

Brian B.