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‘Now You See Me 2’ (2016)


The Four Horsemen return to dazzle their worldwide audience once again, while taking down a nefarious enemy to boot in the first trailer for Now You See Me 2, which was previously known as Now You See Me 2: The Second Act. Jesse Eisenberg (J. Daniel Atlas), Woody Harrelson (Merritt McKinney) and Dave Franco (Jack Wilder) all reprise their roles from 2013’s Now You See Me, with Lizzy Caplan coming aboard as the new Horseman, Lula, replacing Isla Fisher’s Henley Reeves. This trailer also briefly introduces us to the Horsemen’s new adversary in Now You See Me 2, Walter Mabry, played by Daniel Radcliffe.

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.

Daniel Radcliffe’s Walter is the son of Michael Caine’s character, Arthur Tressler, who is returning for this sequel. The supporting cast also includes Morgan Freeman (Thaddeus Bradley) and Mark Ruffalo (Dylan Rhodes) reprising their roles from the original movie. New cast members include Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Justine Wachsberger, although no details have been given regarding their characters thus far.

J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) in “Now You See Me 2” | Photo credit: Lionsgate

Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) is directing from a script by Ed Solomon, who co-wrote the original Now You See Me, and Pete Chiarelli (The Proposal). Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci also return to produce this magical follow-up, alongside Bobby Cohen. Lionsgate has set a June 10, 2016 release date for Now You See Me 2, which will go up against Universal’s highly-anticipated video game adaptation Warcraft and New Line’s horror sequel The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist.

Now You See Me took in over $117 million domestic during its theatrical run in 2013, with a worldwide tally of $351.7 million from a $75 million budget. Now You See Me 2 does face some stiff competition, so it we’ll have to see if it can out-perform its predecessor when it hits theaters next summer.

“Now You See Me 2” reappears in theaters June 10th, 2016!

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