Now You See Me (film series)

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Now You See Me
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Based onCharacters
by Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$165 million
(Total of 2 films)
Box office$686.6 million
(Total of 2 films)

The Now You See Me film series consists of heist-thriller films, based on original characters created by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The overall plot centers on a team of illusionists named The Four Horsemen, who use their stage productions as a means of completing unfeasible and lucrative heists. The movies feature an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan, and Morgan Freeman.

Though the series as a whole has received mixed critical reception, they have been more met with a welcome response from audiences, and have been a financial success at the box office. The first two films combined have grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.

The series will continue with a third film in pre-production.


Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Now You See Me May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31) Louis Leterrier Ed Solomon
and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt
Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt Bobby Cohen, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Now You See Me 2 June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10) Jon M. Chu Ed Solomon Ed Solomon & Peter Chiarelli
Now You See Me 3 TBA Ruben Fleischer Ed Solomon & Boaz Yakin
and Seth Grahame-Smith
Eric Warren Singer
and Neil Widener & Gavin James
Bobby Cohen and Alex Kurtzman

Now You See Me (2013)[edit]

On October 25, 2011, Summit Entertainment announced the release date for Now You See Me for July 18, 2013.[1] On November 3, 2011, the company revealed the film's first synopsis and teaser poster.[2] On January 16, 2012, shooting began in New Orleans, Louisiana, which lasted until March 26, 2012.[3] Additional filming took place in New York City on February 13[4] and in Las Vegas from April 9, 2012, to the following day.[5] Isla Fisher "nearly drowned" while filming the water tank scene. "My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom; I couldn't get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning," she said during an interview on Chelsea Lately. "No one realized I was actually struggling." A stuntman standing nearby used a quick-release switch to save her.[6]

Now You See Me 2 (2016)[edit]

On July 3, 2013, after the box office success of the first film, Lions Gate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that there would be a sequel to the film, with production beginning in 2014 for an unspecified release date.[7] In September 2014, it was confirmed that Jon M. Chu would replace Louis Leterrier (who eventually serves as executive producer) as the sequel's director.[8] On October 2, 2014, Michael Caine confirmed in an interview that Daniel Radcliffe would be playing his son in the film and that shooting is expected to begin in December in London.[9] The film was produced by Summit Entertainment and K/O Paper Products.[10] In October 2014, it was announced that Isla Fisher would be unable to reprise her role as Henley Reeves due to her pregnancy and Lizzy Caplan was cast as new character Lula to replace her as the Fourth Horseman.[11][12] The sequel was thought to be titled Now You See Me: Now You Don't,[12] with the director pushing for that name,[13] but the studio call announced in November 2014 was that the film had changed its title to Now You See Me: The Second Act.[14][15] On January 28, 2015, Henry Lloyd-Hughes was confirmed to play the role of a tech whiz kid named Allen Scott-Frank.[16] On December 22, 2014, it was reported that Morgan Freeman was not going to reprise his role as Thaddeus Bradley,[17] but on January 19, 2015, film director Chu posted a selfie with Freeman on his Instagram, verifying that he would return.[18]


Now You See Me 3 (TBA)[edit]

In May 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced that developments for a third film were underway.[19] In December 2016, it was announced that Jon M. Chu will return as director, with a script co-written by Neile Widener and Gavin James. Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, and Jeb Brody will serve as producers.[20] It was later confirmed that among returning cast members, Benedict Cumberbatch will feature in a supporting role.[21][22][23]

By April 2020, Eric Warren Singer had been hired to do a rewrite of the most recent draft of the script.[24] In September 2022, Ruben Fleischer joined the production as director, replacing Chu; while Seth Grahame-Smith was hired by the filmmaker and wrote a new draft of the script. The project will be a joint-venture production between Secret Hideout Productions and Lionsgate Films, with Lions Gate Entertainment distributing.[25][26] In November 2023, it was confirmed that the movie would be titled Now You See Me 3, with principle photography scheduled to commence in spring of the following year. It was at that time announced that franchise writers Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin had contributed to the most recent draft of the script, which Lionsgate describes as a "reimagining".[27] Later that month, Eisenberg confirmed that he will reprise his role while acknowledging that production will begin early the following year.[28]

In April 2024, Lionsgate confirmed on the year’s CinemaCon that pre-production for the film has commenced,[29] with most of the original cast members expected to reprise their roles, including Isla Fisher as Henley, and with Ariana Greenblatt, Dominic Sessa, and Justice Smith added to the cast.[30][31]

Potential spin-off[edit]

In July 2016, it was announced that a spin-off movie, starring Jay Chou was in development. The actor will reprise his role from Now You See Me 2, and with the film stated to feature a cast that is primarily Chinese. The project will be a joint-venture production between the U.S. and China, with Lionsgate Films and Leomus Pictures producing the movie.[32]


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This section includes characters who will appear or have appeared in the series.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  U indicates an uncredited appearance.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Character Film
Now You See Me Now You See Me 2 Now You See Me 3
2013 2016 TBA
J. Daniel Atlas Jesse Eisenberg
Dylan Rhodes (Shrike) Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo
William HendersonY
Mark Ruffalo
Merritt McKinney Woody Harrelson
Henley Reeves Isla Fisher Mentioned Isla Fisher
Jack Wilder Dave Franco
Arthur Tressler Michael Caine TBA
Thaddeus Bradley Morgan Freeman
Alma Dray Mélanie Laurent  
Agent Cowan David Warshofsky TBA
Agent Evans Common  
Agent Fuller Michael Kelly  
Jasmine Tressler Caitriona Balfe  
Lionel Shrike Elias KoteasU Richard Laing TBA
Chase McKinney Mentioned Woody Harrelson
Lula May   Lizzy Caplan
Walter Mabry   Daniel Radcliffe  
Li   Jay Chou  
Agent Natalie Austin   Sanaa Lathan  
Allen Scott-Frank   Henry Lloyd-Hughes  

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer(s) Editor(s) Production companies Distributing company Running time
Now You See Me Brian Tyler Larry Fong & Mitchell Amundsen Robert Leighton & Vincent Tabaillon K/O Paper Products,
Summit Entertainment,
See Me Louisiana Studios
Lionsgate 1hr 55mins
Now You See Me 2 Peter Deming Stan Salfas TIK Films,
Leomus Pictures,
Longcross Studios,
K/O Paper Products,
Summit Entertainment
2hrs 9mins
Now You See Me 3 TBA TBA TBA Lionsgate TBA


Box office performance[edit]

Film Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref.
Opening weekend (North America) North America Other territories Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
Now You See Me $29,350,389 $117,723,989 $234,000,000 $351,723,989 #516 #317 $75,000,000 [33]
Now You See Me 2 $22,383,146 $65,075,540 $269,825,797 $334,901,337 #1174 #347 $90,000,000 [34]
Total $182,799,529 $503,825,797 $686,625,326 $165,000,000 [35]
  • The adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[36]
Now You See Me 50% (169 reviews)[37] 50 (35 reviews)[38] A-
Now You See Me 2 33% (195 reviews)[39] 46 (33 reviews)[40] A-


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