Ben Stiller has taken his brand of humor into the realm of character-focused indies (see Greenberg and While We're Young) and mainstream fare alike (Night at the Museum, Meet the Parents) - but with so many sequels to hit Hollywood comedies having been produced in recent years (see Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Dumb and Dumber To) it was all but inevitable that Stiller would follow that trend and deliver the long-awaited followup to his own cult comedy hit, Zoolander 2.
Zoolander 2 is directed by Stiller and co-written by his Tropic Thunder collaborator Justin Theroux. The titular character - male model Derek Zoolander - is played by Stiller, who is rejoined by Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor in their original roles. Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig have taken on the roles of a secret agent tasked with saving the worlds most beautiful people from assassination and an incredibly bizarre fashion model. The celebrity cameos will include timely representatives of stardom such as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and an almost unrecognizable, eyebrow-less Benedict Cumberbatch as an androgynous model (in a move that has caused some controversial backlash from the trans community).
With an exciting cast list that comprises of original Zoolander actors reprising, newer faces of comedy lending their brands, and a wealth of celebrity cameos, the sequel is doing its best to appeal to both existing fans and the younger generation who missed the comedy era where Stiller and Owen Wilson earned their 'it boy' statuses (read: the 2000s).
Having introduced audiences to the lead characters and teased the eclectic selection of cameos in the movie's recent trailer, Paramount Pictures has just unveiled a series of Zoolander 2 characters posters featuring the “Really, really, ridiculously good looking” main players (two of which had already dropped online). Check them out below:
Zoolander's hyper satirical take on the fashion industry took a slow burn route to the highly quotable cult status it has today and Stiller has publicly toyed with the concept of a sequel many times over the last fourteen years before finally launching it into the heyday of social media and fashion's new breed of celebrity. Zoolander 2 looks to be as merciless a parody of the extremes of a fame-obsessed culture; this is apparent from the trailers in which love-to-hate teen superstar Justin Bieber is gleefully murdered. These new character posters are another tongue in cheek poke at high fashion, parodying campaign style model shots to showcase Derek and co.
Zoolander became a cult classic for its hilariously weird and self mocking performances, effectively quotable dialogue, and surprisingly astute social commentary that balanced out the movie's more outlandish aspects - all features in danger of being lost in Zoolander 2, should it end up trying too hard to match the magic of the original. Undoubtedly, the actors reprising their roles will want to outdo their previous performances, but they may over-play their parts as a result. Basically, the question is: will Zoolander 2 overplay its hand for the sake of cheap laughs?
Whether this sequel manages to match the style and success of its predecessor or not, rejoining our favorite cult characters for a romp around the design capitals of Europe should be fun - and might be worth a watch for the costumes alone!
Zoolander 2 opens in U.S. theaters on February 12th, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures