by Justin Cook
Now You See Me 2 has added Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, and Jay Chou to its already impressive cast of actors.
Radcliffe and Caplan’s exact roles in the film are being kept under wraps, but their character names will be Walter and Lula. It is also known that Caplan will be replacing Isla Fisher, who played Henley Reeves in 2013’s Now You See Me, as an entirely different character.
Aside from Isla Fisher, Lionsgate announced that most of cast from the first film, which includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine, will be returning for the sequel.
The film’s official plot was also revealed and it is described as follows:
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me 2 only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.
Now You See Me was a surprise hit at the box office when it was released in 2013. The film made over $350 million worldwide, including $117 million domestically. While critics were lukewarm on the movie, audiences seemed to love it, and even gave it an A- Cinemascore. This means that the sequel also has a good chance of being successful, especially with the inclusion of Daniel Radcliffe into the film’s cast — a major selling point to many moviegoers.
Louis Leterrier, who helmed the first film in the series, will not be returning to direct the sequel. Instead, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu will be taking over with a script penned by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon.
Radcliffe can be seen starring in the new movie Horns, while Caplan has been earning rave reviews for her performances on Masters of Sex.
Now You See Me 2 will be released on June 10, 2016.
Sources: Variety, Lionsgate