I’ll admit, the first “Now You See Me” in 2013 was a fun film. Mixing over-the-top magic tricks with some solid performances by many of the stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Woody Harrelson, I found myself enjoying the film for what it was. Good old-fashion entertainment.
The real draw to it’s sequel though, simply named “Now You See Me: The Second Act”, is it will be actor Michael Caine’s final film before he retires from acting. Playing the character Arthur Tressler, a character from the first film who was imprisoned after being brought to justice by “The Four Horsemen”, the four lead magician characters from the first film played by Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco. To also note, Isla Fisher would not be able to return to the sequel due to being pregnant and actress LIzzy Caplan was brought in as the new character Lula to replace her in the team while Eisenberg, Harrelson, and Franco will return.
The synopsis is as follows:
Three years after the events of the first film, Arthur Tressler’s son, Walter (Played by Daniel Radcliffe), seeks to bring “The Four Horsemen” to justice, after his father’s imprisonment.
Jon M. Chu is taking over directing duties for the sequel replacing the first film’s director, Louis Leterrier. Actors Freeman and Ruffalo will also return as the characters Thaddeus Bradley and Dyla Rhodes, respectively. The film is set to be released in theaters June 10, 2016. Check out the trailer below: