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Now You See Me 3 - What We Know So Far

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The 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 Ruffao, 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 every bit as profitable as the original, with "Now You See Me 2" essentially matching its predecessor's box office. And now, a third entry is in the works from Lionsgate, and 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 over five years since we last saw the Four Horseman in action ... so when is "Now You See Me 3" going to magically appear onstage?

Unfortunately, we're not sure. While there are promising new developments regarding the threequel (read on for those updates), we're still not positive about when it will make its way to theaters. However, we're hoping it will be soon. 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."

Who is starring in Now You See Me 3?

The original "Now You See Me" boasts a pretty impressive cast, with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Ilsa Fisher, and Dave Franco — not to mention the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mélanie Laurent. That's a killer line-up right there. And while the sequel did lose Ilsa Fisher after she became pregnant, it did add Lizzy Caplan and the Boy Who Lived himself, Daniel Radcliffe. But who's showing up for part three?

At the moment, we know that Eisenberg is coming back as Danny Atlas and Harrelson is returning as Merritt McKinney. Past that, we're unsure. 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.

According to Variety, we can expect to see a "new generation of characters." As for other original members of the cast, we'll keep be on the lookout for any updates and keep you informed as this magical movie takes shape.

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. Of course, that was several 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," the wild Marvel movie "Venom," and the all-time horror classic "Zombieland."

In other words, Fleischer has experience working with two of the main leads from the "Now You See Me" series — Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. In fact, in his official announcement (via Variety), he said, "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." Fleisher went on to promise a twisty, fun heist movie, and we can't wait to see the spellbinding magic he has in store.

Who is writing Now You See Me 3?

Originally, "Now You See Me 3" was to be written by Eric Warren Singer. The scribe previously penned "American Hustle" and "Only the Brave," and he's 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. Now, the latest draft is by 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."

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" is currently streaming (with ads) on Freevee. You can also rent it for $2.99 on Apple iTunes and Amazon Video and $3.99 on Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. Similarly, "Now You See Me 2" is also available on Freevee, or if you feel like spending $3.99, you can find it on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.