Release Date 20th October 2006
Director Christopher Nolan
Writing Credits Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Priest (novel)
Co-Stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, David Bowie
Genre Drama / Fantasy
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. The characters and incidents have a decidedly Gothic cast.
Scarlett plays Olivia, a magician's assistant who is sent to spy on the competition.
Christopher Priest, author "I recently read Jonathan Nolan's screenplay adaptation of the book, and although I read it in confidence I can safely say that it is an extraordinary and brilliant script. If Chris Nolan does go ahead and make The Prestige, I have no hesitation in predicting it will be his finest movie since Memento. I hope that whets the appetite of Mr Nolan's many admirers, as it whets mine!"