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Unhappy Medium

Jude Law may join Christopher Nolan spookfest. He's in talks to star as a 19th-century medium in the thriller ''The Prestige,'' from the ''Memento'' director

Is Jude Law the hardest working man in show business? The British heartthrob has attached his name to four developing features in recent weeks. The latest, according to Variety, is ''The Prestige,'' a 19th-century ghost story to be directed by ''Insomnia'''s Christopher Nolan. The script by Jonathan Nolan (who also wrote the story on which his brother's ''Memento'' was based) is adapted from a novel by Christopher Priest about a seance that sparks a rivalry between two magicians in 1878.

It's not clear when the film can be shot, since Nolan is committed to shooting the next ''Batman'' film (probably next year), while Law, who is currently shooting another retro-thriller, ''The World of Tomorrow,'' has at least three other possible films on his plate: remakes of the Michael Caine vehicles ''Alfie'' and ''Sleuth,'' and a film version of the play ''Closer,'' which could reunite him with ''Cold Mountain'' costar Natalie Portman. ''Cold Mountain'' doesn't hit theaters until Christmas, but Law's lead role in it already seems to have made him a hot property.

Originally posted Apr 18, 2003