Following the success of the hit movie Now You See Me, it was no surprise that the green light was given for a sequel to get made and we have now seen the movie hitting the big screen today. Actress Lizzy Caplan is one of the new faces to join the cast from the first movie, and Lizzy has admitted that it was almost impossible to say no to the role, due to the big name stars she got to work with.
Caplan explained, "I admired all of these actors. And being offered the opportunity to go shoot a film of this calibre in London and China with people I respect so much was a dream come true. I've never made a movie like this! And they gave me so much free reign to improvise and make the character as strange and odd as I wanted, and not the two-dimensional token female role. I felt more freedom on this than I have with a lot of comedies I've done."
While Lizzy Caplan was clearly very excited to get to work with so many of the top names that Hollywood has to offer, in Now You See Me 2, she also had some time to prepare herself for the role. However, Lizzy has admitted that it was actually a lot harder for her than her male co-stars, as there are not actually very many female magicians in the business.
Caplan added, "There are so few of them. Not only are their numbers small, but the vast majority of them have to incorporate this overly sexualized thing, which is really strange. So they're in particularly skimpy outfits and they have, like, sex-themed magic shows. I saw this one girl, she's the snake babe and she just has snakes, and she's kind of seductive with the snake. It's really pretty obvious that the imagery is on the nose. I watched her do a podcast, and they asked her what her snake was named, and the snake's name was Fellatio. I was like, 'Come on, girl!' It was a little ridiculous."
As well as starring Lizzy Caplan, the Now You See Me 2 cast also includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Daniel Radcliffe, to name just a few. Now You See Me 2 has been directed by Jon M. Chu and is out now in the US, while it will not hit the big screen in the UK until July 4.