Now You See Me 2, which was previously thought to be titled Now You See Me: The Second Act, is the sequel to Now You See Me, the magician heist thriller that was something of a dark horse hit back in 2013 - when it grossed $351 million worldwide on a $75 million budget. The second chapter in the franchise picks up with three of the Four Horseman - played once again by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco - while Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) fills the spot previously occupied by Isla Fisher as Horseman #4 (for reasons that've yet to be explained).
Now You See Me costars Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine are likewise back for the sequel - as illustrated by their brief appearances in the film's teaser trailer (see above). Meanwhile, the movie's main antagonist will be played by none other than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe (whose character, as the teaser shows, isn't so great at magic, ironically enough).
Here is the newly-released official synopsis for Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment's Now You See Me 2 (which accompanied the film's teaser trailer release):
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.
Now You See Me co-writer Ed Solomon and Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) penned the screenplay for Now You See Me 2, while Jon M. Chu took over directing responsibilities on this franchise from Now You See Me helmsman Louis Leterrier. Chu previously called the shots on films like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and is coming off the critical/commercial bomb that is the Jem and the Holograms live-action film; as such, the Now You See Me sequel should allow him to rebound at the box office, even if the movie fails to go over that well, critically-speaking. And on that note...
The first Now You See Me earned a mixed critical reception overall, though it has its fans (confession: this writer is among them). However, it seems like some of the most enjoyable elements from the first movie - like the buddy pairing of Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent (who is not coming back for the sequel), for instance - won't be included in the sequel. Furthermore, there's no indication in the official synopsis that indicates the secret magician society (known as "The Eye") from the first installment will be more deeply explored in Now You See Me 2.
In other words: the concern is that Now You See Me 2 will just rehash its predecessor and little more. Agee/disagree? Let us know how you feel about Now You See Me 2 based on what's been revealed so far, in the comment section below!
Now You See Me 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.
Source: Entertainment One UK