‘Now You See Me 3’ is already in the works

'Now You See Me 2' won't open in cinemas until June 2016, but a third film is already being planned

Now You See Me 3 is now in the works – even though Now You See Me 2 is still a year away from release.

The original Now You See Me film, which followed a posse of bank-robbing magicians, became one of summer 2013’s summer’s surprise box office hits, grossing over $350 million (£227 million) at cinemas worldwide from an estimated $75 million (£48 million) budget. A sequel, titled Now You See Me: The Second Act, has recently finished filming and is set to open in cinemas on June 10, 2016.

Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine have all reprised their roles for the sequel, joined by Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. The sequel is being directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), who takes over the director’s chair from the original film’s Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash Of The Titans).

Now makers Lionsgate have confirmed that they are already working on a third film in the series. “We’ve already begun early planning for Now You See Me 3,” the company’s CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed in a conference call with business analysts on Friday (May 22), Variety reports. The CEO also told analysts that he expects Now You See Me: The Second Act to rake in more than the original film’s $350 million at the global box office.