Much like the deft illusionists that anchored the film, Now You See Me appeared out of nothing two years ago, conjuring up a box office total of $350 million worldwide. Such an impressive and indeed surprising haul was enough for Lionsgate to issue the vote of confidence for a follow-up, and we’re now on the verge of seeing that vision whisk its way into theaters.
Releasing under the moniker Now You See Me: The Second Act, director Jon. M Chu is behind the lens, assembling the elusive Four Horsemen once again as the magical foursome reunite in order to clear their names. Bringing back Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco for the leading roles, the sequel will see Lizzy Caplan supplant Isla Fisher as the fourth member of the star-studded group, though how exactly Chu’s story will explain the change of guard – if at all – remains to be seen.
Set one year after the events of its predecessor, Now You See Me 2 will welcome Arthur Tressler’s son Walter to the fray. Played by Daniel Radcliffe, the bumbling prodigy is worlds away from Radcliffe’s better-known magician, though he still holds a tremendous amount of power over our core cast, eventually coaxing them into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in order to wipe their slate clean once and for all. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine are among those returning for Chu’s follow-up.
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment will welcome back the Four Horsemen in earnest when Now You See Me: The Second Act descends into theaters on June 10, 2016.
THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.