After years of waiting, most fans were understandably a little less bullish about the Now You See Me 3 renewal. However a third installment in the Now You See Me series is on the way. Also, Lionsgate has found the movie’s director, with Ruben Fleischer has been tapped to direct the feature. The first two sequels of the heist thriller film were released in 2013 and 2016. Both movies received positive responses, reviews, and enormous viewers across the world.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced in 2015 that they had indeed “already begun early planning” for Now You See Me 3 before the release of the second sequel. After that, several media reports claimed that Now You See Me 3 was under production, but as it turned out, there is no official announcement on the third film even to this day.
The first two movie series of Now You See Me received mixed reactions from critics but at the same time, it was well appreciated by the audiences for its outstanding performance. The movie was a huge box office success and grossed a whopping $700 million globally. No wonder fans are desperate and worried about what the future holds for the next movie Now You See Me Season 3.
The first Now You See Me was released in 2013 and followed a group of skilled illusionists, dubbed The Four Horseman, whose impressive shows send the FBI and Interpol on a chase to not only discover how the illusions are done but to also stop the group before they can cause any more chaos. The sequel, Now You See Me 2, saw the group reunite (with a new member after one left) to expose the unethical practices of a major tech genius, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). However, it wasn’t by choice, as the group is forced into creating and performing one of their most ambitious illusions yet.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has already confirmed the next installment of the movie. And also, Ruben Fleischer has been selected as the director.
Fleischer’s most recent credits include Venom, Zombieland 2, and Uncharted. Said the director in a statement: “There are three things in this world I absolutely love… Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and magic. To have the chance to work with these two talented actors, as well as the rest of the incredible cast of the Now You See Me movies is a dream come true.”
Also, earlier it was revealed that Top Gun: Maverick’s co-writer Eric Warren Singer was hired by Lionsgate to pen the script for the third movie.
“Eric has always been fascinated with the fine art of deception and illusion in all of its forms and he came to us with a great story that takes the mythology of Now You See Me and pushes The Four Horsemen to a whole new level with our key returning cast and new characters,” President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Nathan Kahane had said.
“The Now You See Me franchise has been built on keeping the audience surprised and guessing. Any great magician knows you can’t keep doing the same tricks. And Eric and his team of illusionists have something special up their sleeve for this new film,” Nathan Kahane added.
Now You See Me 3 plot
Now You See Me 3 will be different than the previous sequels. However, the storyline is tightly kept under wraps to avoid fans’ speculations. Albeit, the making of the third movie was a pre-decided project, the announcement of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s addition was made later.
Now You See Me 3 will focus on a new style of robbery. This angle will certainly require some new faces. Some diehard fans believe that Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen as a villain or a cop in the movie.
The Cast and Crew
Bobby Cohen and Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman will serve as producers for the third movie. Meredith Wieck and Chisom Ude oversee the project for Lionsgate. For now, there is currently no confirmation on whether any cast will return.
However, Lizzy Caplan (as Lula May) and Mark Ruffalo (as Dylan Rhodes Shrike) were previously said to be returning to Now You See Me 3. And also, Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen in the sequel. The other stars, who could reprise their roles in Now You See Me 3, are Morgan Freeman (as Thaddeus Bradley), Dave Franco (Jack Wilder), Michael Caine (Arthur Tressler), and Woody Harrelson (Chase McKinney).
When will release Now You See Me 3?
The official release date of Now You See Me 3 is yet to be announced. However, if Now You See Me 3 is truly under development (as claimed by some reports), then we can assume that the upcoming movie will arrive sometime in 2023.