Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 action/thriller Now You See Me, a film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco as the Four Horsemen: the group of illusionists/magicians and noble thieves who steal from corrupt wealthy people and hand the stolen cash over to their adoring audiences. The second Now You See Me franchise installment (which, yes, is not titled Now You Don’t) takes place a year after the original film, as the Four Horsemen – albeit with Lizzy Caplan’s (Masters of Sex) Lula filling in for Fisher’s Henley (as Fisher was pregnant when the sequel went into production) – land themselves in hot water and are forced to execute their most daring heist yet.
Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe costars in Now You See Me 2 as “Walter”, a tech genius who recruits – or, to be more precise, blackmails – the Four Horsemen to steal an item that he claims is “the key to every computer system on the planet.” The final trailer for the Now You See Me sequel has now been released online by Lionsgate (watch it above), though it doesn’t elaborate on the sequel’s larger narrative beyond what has already been revealed in trailers past.
Lionsgate has also released a clip from Now You See Me 2, which you can have a look at below. The clip in question appears to have been taken from the sequel’s prologue, wherein the morally-shady former illusionist-turned magic trick debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) recaps the broader strokes of what happened in the first Now You See Me installment – and promises that payback is just around the corner for the Horsemen.
For those who need the reminder: in Now You See Me, the Four Horsemen performed a series of elaborate tricks (three in total) and were in turn allowed to join the mysterious, centuries-old, organization of master illusionists known as “The Eye” for their efforts. Meanwhile, Thaddeus was framed for being part of their misdeeds and went to jail, as part of the larger revenge scheme put in motion by “The Eye” member Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo): the son of Lionel Shrike, the illusionist whose career (and life) were ruined by Thaddeus many years before.
Co-writtten by Now You See Me screenwriter Ed Solomon and Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal), Now You See Me 2 also brings back Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler – the Four Horsemen’s onetime benefactor before they robbed him blind during one of their performances – and incorporates new franchise additions Jay Chou (The Green Hornet) and Sanaa Lathan (The Perfect Guy) into the mix. The Now You See Me sequel looks to deliver the same type of entertainment as its predecessor did, albeit with “bigger” magic tricks and magic sequences crafted by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, who took over from Now You See Me helmsman Louis Leterrier. Question is, will this “new trick” feel fresh and inventive… or just like an uncreative retread of the original’s magic show?
Now You See Me 2 won’t be hurting for competition at the box office either, seeing as it will arrive during the same weekend that the James Wan horror movie sequel The Conjuring 2 and the Blizzard Entertainment video game movie adaptation Warcraft are set to launch in U.S. theaters. Lionsgate appears to be confident about the Now You See Me sequel’s box office prospects nonetheless, seeing as the studio has already begun developing Now You See Me 3 in anticipation of the second installment becoming a commercial hit like its predecessor.
Now You See Me 2 will open in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.