Derek Zoolander and his “Really, really, ridiculously good looking” friends are returning to our screens next year for Zoolander 2 and the first full-length trailer for the movie has just dropped (see above) revealing some of the all important plot details fans have been speculating about.
Fans of the 2001 cult comedy Zoolander finally got their wish when Ben Stiller announced last year that the sequel was indeed more than just a fantasy. The trend-mocking satirical comedy is, funnily enough, capitalizing on the recent Hollywood trend of belated comedy sequels (see last year’s Dumb and Dumber To), hoping to recreate the same past magic. Although Zoolander did not make an enormous profit at the box office, it took the more gradual route to gaining the cult status – hence, the sequel arriving, 15 years later.
The original Zoolander was born through a couple of comedy shorts co-created by Stiller for the VH1 fashion awards. The subsequent movie was directed by the actor who also starred and co-wrote the movie with Drake Sather. Stiller’s dim-witted, supermodel character was joined by a host of his often comedic collaboraters, including Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, and Will Ferrell. All three are returning for the sequel, for which Stiller has re-teamed with his Tropic Thunder co-writer Justin Theroux.
Joining in the fun on Zoolander 2 are such names as Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz, and Kristen Wiig – all of whom can be seen in the above trailer. That includes Cumberbatch as you have never seen him before, Cruz at her smoldering best, and the always funny Wiig rocking some spectacularly ridiculous head wear.
Zoolander 2 has been filmed in Europe –predominately in Rome – and the marketing for the movie has been as tongue in cheek as expected from a satirical Stiller project. In March of this year Stiller and Wilson took to the runway in character at Milan Fashion Week and a teaser was released in August, featuring a trip into the lead character’s very simple mind. This new trailer additionally allows a look at the other characters and showcases the new plot, as well as the nods to the previous movie that fans will be expecting to see.
Zoolander found its inspiration from the notoriously pretentious and fickle nature of the fashion industry and the dubious influence of fame. In the current culture of fashion where social media has seen the birth of a new species of celebrity and trends are more flash in the pan than ever before, this could be the best time for reintroducing Stiller and Wilson’s “supermodel” characters – contrasting so ridiculously to this pop youth culture even the most a là mode of individuals struggle to keep abreast of.
Of course, as is often is the case with comedy sequels, there is a risk that all of the celebrity cameos and larger than life performances from recurring actors could become a self gratuitous ploy for laughs. Hopefully, elements like the onscreen comedic chemistry between Stiller and Wilson will help Zoolander 2 to avoid falling into a similar trap.
Zoolander 2 opens in U.S. theaters on February 12th, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures