Now You See Me (film series)

Now You See Me is a series of heist thriller films written by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt. They focus on the actions of a team of illusionists named "The Horsemen" who pull off near impossible heists. The series features an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan, and Morgan Freeman. The first film was released in 2013, while the second was released in 2016, and a third film is currently in development and set to be released in 2020. The series has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.

Now You See Me
Directed byLouis Leterrier (1)
Jon M. Chu (2-3)
Produced byBobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci (1)
Ed Solomon (3)
Screenplay byEd Solomon
Boaz Yakin (1)
Edward Ricourt (1)
Neil Widener (3)
Gavin James (3)
Story byBoaz Yakin (1)
Edward Ricourt (1)
Ed Solomon (2-3)
Peter Chiarelli (2)
StarringJesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Woody Harrelson
Isla Fisher
Dave Franco
Daniel Radcliffe
Lizzy Caplan
Michael Caine
Morgan Freeman
(See below)
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyMitchell Amundsen (1)
Larry Fong (1)
Peter Deming (2)
Edited byRobert Leighton (1)
Vincent Tabaillon (1)
Stan Salfas (2)
K/O Paper Products
TIK Films (2)
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$165 million
Box office$686.6 million


Now You See Me (2013)Edit

An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Now You See Me 2 (2016)Edit

The Four Horsemen resurface, and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off an almost impossible heist.

Now You See Me 3 (TBA)Edit

In May 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced that they had indeed "already begun early planning" for Now You See Me 3.[1] It was later confirmed that Lizzy Caplan will be reprising the role of Lula May, and that a new cast member, Benedict Cumberbatch, will be joining the cast.[2][3][4][5][6] In December 2016, it was announced that writers Neil Widener and Gavin James were hired to write the screenplay.[7]


In July 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lionsgate was to make a Now You See Me spin-off with a primarily Chinese cast, starring Jay Chou as Li, his character from Now You See Me 2.[8]


Character Film
Now You See Me Now You See Me 2 Now You See Me 3
2013 2016 TBA
Daniel J. Atlas Jesse Eisenberg
Dylan Rhodes Shrike Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo
William Henderson (Young)
Mark Ruffalo
Merritt McKinney Woody Harrelson
Henley Reeves Isla Fisher Isla Fisher (photograph) Isla Fisher
Jack Wilder Dave Franco
Arthur Tressler Michael Caine  
Thaddeus Bradley Morgan Freeman
Alma Dray Mélanie Laurent  
Agent Evans Common  
Agent Fuller Michael Kelly  
Jasmine Tressler Caitriona Balfe  
Lionel Shrike Mentioned Richard Laing  
Chase McKinney Mentioned Woody Harrelson  
Walter Mabry   Daniel Radcliffe  
Lula May   Lizzy Caplan
Li   Jay Chou  
Agent Natalie Austin   Sanaa Lathan  
TBA   Benedict Cumberbatch


Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Composer Editor Cinematographer
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Bobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Ed Solomon
Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Brian Tyler Robert Leighton
Vincent Tabaillon
Mitchell Amundsen
Larry Fong
2016 Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu Bobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Ed Solomon Stan Salfas Peter Deming
TBA Now You See Me 3 Ed Solomon Neil Widener
Gavin James
N. Honey


Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Now You See Me May 31, 2013 $29,350,389 $117,723,989 $234,000,000 $351,723,989 #516 #317 $75,000,000 [9]
Now You See Me 2 June 10, 2016 $22,383,146 $65,075,540 $269,825,797 $334,901,337 #1174 #347 $90,000,000 [10]
Total $182,799,529 $503,825,797 $686,625,326 $165,000,000 [11]
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Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Now You See Me 50% (152 reviews)[12] 50 (35 reviews)[13] A-[14]
Now You See Me 2 34% (167 reviews)[15] 46 (33 reviews)[16] A-[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (May 22, 2015). "'Now You See Me 3' in the Works at Lionsgate". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Lawrence, Sophie (December 2, 2016). "'Now You See Me 3' Release Date Confirmed As Production Rolls In Plus A New Cast Member To Join The Gang". Parent Herald. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Stojilović, Milena (February 24, 2017). "Now You See Me 3 Release Date & A New Cast Member". OppTrends. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Stojilović, Milena (February 25, 2017). "Now You See Me 3 Isla Fisher Replaced By Another 24/10/2019 is the real date Actress". OppTrends. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Espiritu, Emmanuelle (March 7, 2017). "'Now You See Me 3' Release Date, Cast News: Isla Fisher Officially Out, Benedict Cumbercatch In?". The Christian Post. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Jabin, Bhatz (March 31, 2017). "'Now You See Me 3' Update: Benedict Cumberbatch Reportedly Joins Cast". Travelers Today. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Now You See Me 3 Lands Writers". December 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (July 15, 2016). "Lionsgate to Make Chinese Spinoff of 'Now You See Me' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Now You See Me". Box Office Mojo. August 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Box Office Mojo. August 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Now You See Me Franchise". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "Now You See Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "Now You See Me". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Cinemascore". Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Now You See Me 2". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 12, 2017.