Over the past few months, a handful of notable actors and directors have flirted with Lionsgate/Summit’s magic heist sequel Now You See Me 2. Stars such as Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou and Daniel Radcliffe have been linked to the project — though Michael Caine outed the involvement of the latter actor — while G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu has been tipped to direct.
Today, Lionsgate has officially unveiled the full cast list for the follow-up to 2013’s surprise hit, and it turns out that all of the aforementioned talents will indeed have a role in the anticipated sequel.
We know from Caine’s aforementioned interview that Radcliffe has boarded the project to play the son to his Arthur Tressler’s character, while Jay Chou has signed on to star as Li — a role that remains overly vague at this stage.
As for Caplan, the Masters of Sex actress has been drafted in to play the lead female role in lieu of Isla Fisher, who previously announced that she wouldn’t be returning as one of the aptly named Four Horsemen.
Production will begin before the year’s end on Now You See Me 2’s London set, and it’ll be interesting to see how Chu’s direction affects the style of the sequel in place of Louis Leterrier.
Now You See Me 2 has been slated to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016. Here’s the first synopsis for the pic:
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.