Last summer Now You See Me, the movie about bank-robbing magicians, trucked to over $117 million at the domestic box office, qualifying it as a sleeper hit. Accordingly, it’s getting a sequel, because movies can no longer stand alone. If it makes even the least little bit of money, it’s going to get sequelized (see also: Hansel & Gretel 2: Hahahaha). It was ever thus. So in 2016 Lionsgate is bringing us Now You See Me 2: They’re ILLUSIONS.
Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine are all returning, and a Lionsgate press release confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Taiwanese star Jay Chou are joining the cast as well. No mention of whether or not Isla Fisher will be back, though. The cast is not the problem—I never begrudge Ruffalo a paycheck—and the additions of DanRad, Caplan, and Chou are solid. Maybe the best news, though, is that migraine-inducing director Louis Leterrier—I’ve never seen more pointless pans than in Now You See Me—is being replaced by Jon M. Chu, a guy with real action chops.
It’s just funny that this movie is getting a sequel since the only person I know who unabashedly admits to seeing it is Lainey. Everyone else qualifies it—“I saw Now You See Me…on a plane”—or else won’t admit to seeing it at all. But it made over $350 million worldwide. Clearly some of you have seen it, and in 2016 we can all shame-watch the sequel and not tell each other about it. For the record, I have seen Now You See Me…on a plane.
(Lainey: but what about Woody Harrelson???)