Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
After making his name as the most famous young wizard in the world, Daniel Radcliffe is employing a very different kind of magic in Now You See Me 2. He plays a young prodigy determined to steal a high-tech MacGuffin with the aid of the Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher as “the girl Horseman”). Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman return as well. Watch the Now You See Me 2 trailer after the jump.
The first Now You See Me was a sleeper hit in summer 2013, grossing $351 million worldwide on a budget of just $75 million. Those are the kinds of returns that basically guarantee a sequel, even if the narrative doesn’t really call for one. And this time they’ve got the China setting to ensure they can lock in that all-important Chinese box office as well.
The last movie was an enjoyable trifle, silly and likable and unapologetically nonsensical. The sequel looks like more of the same, though the dynamic is slightly different this time around with Caplan stepping in for Fisher and Radcliffe replacing Michael Caine as the Horsemen’s wealthy benefactor du jour. (Caine returns as well, but seemingly in a diminished capacity.) Jon M. Chu replaces Louis Leterrier as director.
Now You See Me 2 arrives June 10.
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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. Summit Entertainment presents a K/O Paper Products production a Jon M. Chu film.