Jon M. Chu Chosen to Direct ‘Now You See Me 3’

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It looks like Lionsgate is confident that Now You See Me 2 will perform well when it begins its rollout in June.

Variety reports that the studio is sticking with Now You See Me 2 director Jon M. Chu for a third outing, which Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said was being placed in the pipeline almost a year ago.

Lionsgate’s decision to keep Chu at the helm for Now You See Me 3 suggests that the studio is pretty happy with what they’ve seen of the second film. The first film received mixed reviews, but nevertheless made $US351.7 million worldwide, an amount Lionsgate is confident will be surpassed with the sequel.

Chu’s other directing credits include Step Up 2: The Streets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and last year’s Jem and the Holograms. One look at his resume will either provide confidence in the next two Now You See Me films or have you feeling wary. We fall in the latter.

Now You See Me 2, starring Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, will open in Australia on June 9 and in the U.S. on June 10.