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Now You See Me 3 Director, Possible Cast And More Details

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Action comedy "Now You See Me" performed some serious magic when it hit theaters in 2013. With the help of a crackling screenplay and a charismatic cast featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco, the film's savvy mix of magic and mayhem proved an instant hit with audiences, conjuring over $350 million at the worldwide box office.

Needless to say, a sequel soon appeared out of thin air. Save for a pregnant Fisher, who was replaced by Lizzy Caplan, the 2016 big-screen reunion of the Four Horsemen and their ominous overseers, the Eye, proved every bit as fun and profitable as the original, with "Now You See Me 2" essentially matching its predecessor's box office. Now a third entry is in the works from Lionsgate. If you want to learn more about this upcoming film, read on for everything we know so far about "Now You See Me 3."

When will Now You See Me 3 be released?

"Now You See Me" first wowed audiences back in 2013, with the follow-up putting on an even bigger show three years later in 2016. It's now been quite a few years since we last saw the Four Horsemen in action — so when is "Now You See Me 3" going to magically appear onstage?

Answering this question has been complicated. In September 2022, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Nathan Kahane said (via Variety), "For everyone we've kept in suspense, the wait is almost over." This turned out to be a bit of a fib; a year went by without much in the way of substantive news. 

Happily, things have changed. In November 2023, news arrived that "Now You See Me 3" had been officially greenlit. What's more, production is set to begin in the first half of 2024. Specifically, Lionsgate chair Joe Drake told investors (via ComicBook.com), "That's going to start in the spring." We don't precisely know what "that" is — it could be filming, writing, or something else entirely. But what matters is that "Now You See Me 3" finally has some forward motion, which means a release date will arrive sooner rather than later.

Who is starring in Now You See Me 3?

The original "Now You See Me" boasts a pretty impressive cast, encompassing Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mélanie Laurent. That's a killer line-up right there. While the sequel did lose Fisher after she became pregnant, it added Lizzy Caplan and the Boy Who Lived himself, Daniel Radcliffe, to the list. But who's showing up for part three?

At the moment, we don't know. Back in 2016 — this movie has been in production for a long time – it was rumored that Benedict Cumberbatch would play the villain. Of course, a lot has changed since then, with the actor joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and getting a second Oscar nod for his performance in "The Power of the Dog." Chances seem slim that, all these years later, Cumberbatch would still be involved with the project.

Back in 2022, director Ruben Fleischer said (via Variety), "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 rest of the incredible cast of the 'Now You See Me' movies is a dream come true." Does this mean Eisenberg and Harrelson are shoe-ins? Not necessarily. When the movie was officially greenlit in November 2023, it was described as a "reimagining." This could mean an entirely new cast — or not. We'll just have to see.

Who is directing Now You See Me 3?

Jon M. Chu helmed "Now You See Me 2," and at one point, it was reported that he would be coming back for part three. But that was many years ago, and Chu has since moved on from the franchise. Now, directing duties have fallen to Ruben Fleischer. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he directed the Tom Holland action flick "Uncharted," superhero blockbuster "Venom," and the all-time horror classic "Zombieland."

Thanks to his filmography, Fleischer has experience working with two of the main leads from the "Now You See Me" series: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. We don't yet know if they'll be back for the threequel, but given this history, it seems entirely possible. Lionsgate is also pumped to have Fleischer at the helm; when the movie was greenlit in November 2023, Lionsgate chair Joe Drake remarked (via ComicBook.com), "We reimagined 'Now You See Me' with Ruben Fleischer, who is an absolute master at shepherding franchises ... couldn't be happier about that. That's going to start in the spring." This threequel is in seriously safe hands.

Who is writing Now You See Me 3?

Who will write "Now You See Me 3"? Answering that question is a tad complicated. Originally, the flick was to be written by Eric Warren Singer, who previously penned "American Hustle" and "Only the Brave." He's also the screenwriter behind the highest-grossing movie of 2022: "Top Gun: Maverick." However, in September 2022, it was announced that a new screenwriter had been brought on board to tackle the script: Seth Grahame-Smith, who's most famous for writing both the book and script versions of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," as well as "The Lego Batman Movie." Director Ruben Fleisher sang Grahame-Smith's praises, saying (via Variety), "Eric was able to unlock a fresh and exciting way into a new movie and fun new characters, so I'm excited to dig in even further."

Grahame-Smith might still be the movie's writer. But when news broke that the project had finally been greenlit, his name was not specifically mentioned. This could mean he's still attached, but it could also indicate he's been dropped. Fans will just have to keep their eyes peeled for news.

Where to watch the other Now You See Me movies

If you want to see the previous exploits of the Four Horsemen — whether it's for the first time or the millionth — we've got you covered. "Now You See Me" can be rented for $3.79 from Amazon Prime and $3.99 on Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. Similarly, "Now You See Me 2" is also available to be rented for $3.99 on Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.