Now You See Me was Louis Leterrier’s 2013 heist thriller that followed a team of illusionists as they executed a large-scale bank heist during one of their performances. The team — who called themselves The Four Horsemen — was comprised of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). The stellar cast chemistry and fast-paced entertainment compensated for the occasional gaps in plot, and after its success at the box office, the film was quickly fast-tracked for a sequel at Lionsgate.
Now You See Me 2 is set to hit theaters in June of 2016 and the sequel is shaping up to be another fun summer movie. It is already known the gang will reunite at the behest of Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who pulls the Horsemen into one final heist. After a change to the film’s official name — it was previously thought to be titled The Second Act — more information is now being released about the follow up, giving fans a better idea of what the illusionists will look like when they return.
Lionsgate has released new promotional character posters, all of which bear the tagline “Reappearing June 10th.” These images highlight the majority of the casts return, as well as a few notable additions. Unfortunately these posters reveal nothing new about the plot, but they do fit in perfectly with the film’s theme, as the stage lighting and mirrors certainly give the impression of an illusionist at work. Check out all of the posters below.
The first film’s two leading ladies are the only main cast members who are not returning for the follow-up. Mélanie Laurent, who played the intelligent Interpol agent Alma Dray, and Isla Fisher’s Henley Reeves will not be reappearing. Reeves’ absence has yet to be revealed, though it will likely connect in some way to her fraught romantic relationship with Atlas. To make up for it, though, Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) has signed on to play Lula, making her the film’s only leading woman and Fisher’s de-facto replacement, as the teaser trailer indicates she is a skilled magician as well.
This film will presumably explore the unanswered questions that its predecessor set up, all while another high-stakes caper unfolds. Hopefully the movie will capture the same energy and develop new relationships that the audience can root for. This will be important, as Now You See Me 3 is reportedly already in development. Either way, this is shaping up to be a fun — if frothy — new summer series.
Now You See Me 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.