Penelope Cruz to co-star with Ben Stiller in ‘Zoolander 2’

Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are also rumoured to be reprising their roles from the 2001 original

Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Zoolander 2.

The Oscar-winning Spanish actress will co-star alongside Ben Stiller, who is reprising his role as dim-witted male model Derek Zoolander from the 2001 original. Stiller will also direct the comedy sequel from a script written by Justin Theroux, who previously co-penned Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2, and appeared in the original film as “Evil DJ”.

Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are also rumoured to be reprising their roles from the original film, Deadline reports.

A sequel to Zoolander has been in the works since 2008. The original followed Stiller’s Derek Zoolander as he got sucked into a plot by corrupt fashion executives to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Milla Jovovich, Vince Vaughn, David Duchovny, Jon Voight and Ben Stiller’s father, Jerry Stiller, also appeared in the original, which has gained a sizeable cult following in the years since its release.