Hayden Christensen (Jumper) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) have signed on to star in Mandrake, director Mimi Leder's adaptation of Lee Falk's comic strip "Mandrake the Magician."

Based on an original script by Kevin Bernhardt, the film was scripted by Josh Oppenheimer, Thomas Dean Donnelly, JV Hart and Ian Jeffers.

The film centers on Jackson Mandrake, who lives life on the edge. Working as an underground magician and escapologist, his act has grown increasingly dangerous. Following a daring escape from an SUV that has been dropped out of an aeroplane at the Burning Man Festival, he is coerced by the CIA into breaking a deep-cover agent named Xi Shing Lung out of a maximum security jail. Hypnosis, contortion, distraction and technical wizardry all come into play as Mandrake breaks the agent out from the inside within a 24-hour deadline.

But back on the outside, Mandrake learns that it was all a set-up. Xi is a CIA agent gone bad. He offers Mandrake the chance to join his crime ring. When Mandrake refuses, he's a marked man. He must escape his would-be-killers and also the real CIA who accuse him of being in league with Xi. His quest to clear his name leads him into all sorts of dangers, which he must overcome with daredevil escapes that require all his conjuring skills. And along the way, Mandrake is forced to confront his past and the girl he left behind.

No production date has been set.