Dumb and Dumber To opened atop the U.S. box office this past weekend, which is impressive considering it was twenty years in the making; not to mention, co-lead Jim Carrey is no longer the A-list star he was in the 1990s. Zoolander 2, the sequel to Ben Stiller's frequently-quoted hit 2001 comedy, has appeared to be on the verge of happening for years now - much like the Dumb and Dumber sequel, before it finally crawled out of development limbo.
Could the success of Dumb and Dumber To be the key development that allows Stiller, at last, to get to reprise as brainless superstar model Derek Zoolander? That may well be the case, as Zoolander 2 is now showing new signs of forward momentum; adding an Oscar-winner to its cast, but a couple months after Will Ferrell (who costarred in Stiller's film as evil fashion guru Mugatu) revealed that he would soon be participating in a read-through of the Zoolander sequel script.
Deadline is reporting that Penélope Cruz is in the process of signing a deal to become part of the Zoolander 2 cast, joining Stiller along with possibly both Ferrell and Owen Wilson, back in the role of the model Hansel. Stiller, in the past, has indicated that the Zoolander sequel will essentially pick up in real time after its predecessor, with Derek and Hansel finding themselves to no longer be relevant as models; whether that is still true for the script Stiller co-wrote with Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder), remains to be determined.
The Deadline report offers no hint as to what role the Oscar-winning Cruz would play, but her presence in the belated Zoolander sequel would be welcome regardless. Cruz was once rumored to play the latest "Bond girl" in the next James Bond movie (which begins production near the end of 2014), but instead took a role in the comical spy film Grimsby - arriving next year - and thus, will keep her comedy run going with Zoolander 2 (which it seems Stiller is readying to direct).
Talk of Zoolander 2 will no doubt bring up feelings of both excitement and trepidation among fans of the original movie, not least of all because, as a general rule, comedy sequels are notoriously difficult to get right (whether they arrive late or strike while the iron's hot). Stiller along with the rest of the main Zoolander crew, are doing fine career-wise right now, so it seems there is genuine passion and interest behind this push to get the sequel off the ground (and not just financial motivation).
Stiller the director is coming off one of his more divisive movies with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (we were fans, for the record), but Zoolander 2 would be a different sort of beast altogether thatn Walter Mitty; and with more experience under his belt, Stiller could well deliver a Zoolander sequel that's better than your average comedy followup. There's no harm in at least hoping that Zoolander 2 becomes the next 22 Jump Street, after all.
We'll bring you more news about Zoolander 2 when we have it.