Release Date: June 10, 2016
After the box office success of Now You See Me, a sequel has been greenlighted and is now in production. The first film was just good fun. Four master magicians banding together to Robin Hood their way past the authorities with fantastic illusions. The mixed review the first film received from critics wasn’t enough to deter audiences from helping make it a success and the studio is hoping to capitalize with another.
Three of the four horsemen will be returning:
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Superbad), and Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men, Zombieland). In addition, Mark Ruffalo (the Avengers, Shutter Island), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemtion, Seven), and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) will be reprising their roles.
Isla Fisher will not be joining the cast due to her pregnancy. Being as she was one of the four horsemen, one can only speculate as to what happened to her character. Maybe she simply made herself disappear.
To bring their illusions to new heights, the cast will be joined by renowned wizard, Harry Potter…alright, not Harry Potter, but Daniel Radcliffe. He has been cast in the role of Walter, son of Arthur Tressler (Caine). Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Masters of Sex) will be taking over as the female lead, but not as Fisher’s character Henley. Instead, she will be taking on the role of Lula. No word yet on what part Lula plays in the story. Jay Chou (The Green Hornet, The Interview) has been cast as Li, also no word on who Li is.
Now You See Me: The Second Act will be directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I.Joe Retaliation)
The script was co-written by Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Bill & Ted movies) who also wrote the script for the first film, and Pete Chiarelli (The Proposal)
Here’s the official synopsis:
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me 2 only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.
This seems to be a little thin, but rewrites happen all the time, and more may be added. My biggest question is the title. Why wouldn’t they call it Now You Don’t?