EntertainmentOne and Summit Entertainment have released the first teaser trailer for Now You See Me 2, and its up to the same old magical hijinks with a few new faces. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman all return for the sequel, and while Isla Fisher isn’t returning as Henley, Lizzy Caplan has stepped in as the newest member of the Four Horsemen,.Daniel Radcliffe also joins the cast the new enemy, Walter Mabry, “a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet.” Jon M. Chu steps into the director’s chair for Now You See Me 2, taking over from Louis Letterier.
I got a kick out of Now You See Me, and it looks like they’re sticking very close to original formula for the sequel — flashy illusions and gimmicks; bright, vibrant cinematography; and relying heavily on the charisma of the leading cast. It was a good formula, and Lionsgate, who is already developing a third film, obviously agrees. Here’s what irks me though. Fisher didn’t have a lot to do in the first film, and the trailer makes absolutely no effort to explain the fact that she’s been replaced. In fact, it’s almost egregious how much the trailer goes out of its way to ignore it, the text reads “They’re back,” as Caine exclaims “So nice to see you all again.” Combine that with the fact that Melanie Laurent‘s character — essentially the only other woman who didn’t have a marginal role in the first film — is also not returning, and it’s just kind of an icky vibe on how they’re handling female characters. All the same, the teaser is a lot of fun and it’s a hoot to watch Radcliffe, the man behind the world’s most famous wizard, botch a simple magic trick.
Now You See Me 2 arrives in theaters June 10, 2016; check out the new trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis for Now You See Me 2:
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.