Daniel Radcliffe whips magic anew

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Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role in the phenomenal worldwide hit franchise Harry Potter, enters the magic realm once again in the astounding caper thriller Now You See Me 2.

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New addition Radcliffe joins the cast as Walter Mabry, a wealthy boy-wonder entrepreneur in hiding in a fabulous high-rise apartment in Macau. He will help regain the freedom and reputation of the master magicians known as the Four Horsemen.

One year after their astonishing Robin Hood-style magic shows win the public’s adulation and confound the FBI, the quartet resurfaces for a dazzling comeback performance that will make their previous escapades seem like child’s play.

With the help of FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), the Horsemen—J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and new addition Lula (Lizzy Caplan)—mount a meticulously planned surprise appearance, in hopes of exposing corrupt tech tycoon Owen Case (Ben Lamb).

The Horsemen soon find themselves once again squaring off against unscrupulous businessman Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) and professional skeptic Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) as they attempt to accomplish the most difficult heist of their careers—but even they cannot anticipate the ultimate surprise awaiting them.

What stood out for Radcliffe about the first film were the wide-ranging experiences of the accomplished cast. “It’s such an amazing group of actors, all bringing such different things from interesting and varied careers,” the actor says. “They seemed to be having such a great time together and that’s really compelling for an audience to watch.”

The former Harry Potter star also believes that there is something about magic that reduces us all to children. He says, “Sleight-of-hand is very hard, but some of the best tricks in the world are so incredibly simple and effective.”

Directed by John Chu, Now You See Me 2 opens on June 8 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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