2013’s Now You See Me was one of those quiet box office successes that kind of flew under the radar. The magician-centric heist picture didn’t garner great reviews, but it opened to a solid $29.3 million and went on to gross $351.7 million worldwide. With an international hit on its hands, Lionsgate/Summit unsurprisingly put the wheels in motion for a sequel. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu takes over from previous helmer Louis Leterrier this time around with the entire main cast returning plus Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Jay Chou (The Green Hornet). And now that filming is set to get underway soon, star Mark Ruffalo has revealed the official Now You See Me 2 title: Now You See Me: The Second Act. More after the jump.
With pre-production on the sequel now underway, Ruffalo opted to break the news of the Now You See Me 2 title at the table read for the film by way of Instagram. The official synopsis for the picture simply says the story involves the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco) going face-to-face with a new enemy “who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet”, but we do know that Radcliffe will be playing the son of Michael Caine’s character.
My main complaint with the first film was its over-reliance on CG effects for the magic tricks, effectively rendering the “tricks” uninteresting. I do hope that Fisher is given more to do in the follow-up than just stand around and throw in a line or two here and there [Edit: Fisher’s actually not in the sequel, so there’s that answer]. The cast is undeniably talented and Radcliffe is a great addition, so here’s hoping the script’s tighter for the “second act”.
Check out Ruffalo’s photo below via Instagram. Now You See Me: The Second Act opens in theaters on June 6, 2016.