Zoolander 2 has been officially announced at Paris Fashion Week.
Stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson broke the news by hitting the catwalk at the Maison Valentino show earlier today (March 10) in character as Derek Zoolander and his modelling rival Hansel McDonald. Paramount Pictures then tweeted: “So hot right now: Derek & Hansel blaze down the @MaisonValentino runway, #Zoolander2 announced. Coming Feb. 12, 2016.”
After meeting with Ben Stiller recently, the Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, revealed last month (February) that Zoolander 2 will be filmed in and around the city’s Cinecittà Studios for 12 weeks in the spring, but this is the first official announcement about the sequel.
Stiller has written the sequel’s script with actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2, who is also believed to be directing. Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor, who played fashion journalist Matilda Jeffries in the first film, has recently confirmed she is returning, while Will Ferrell is also rumoured to be reprising his role as fashion mogul Jacobim Mugatu from the original film.
Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz reportedly signed up to appear in Zoolander 2 last November (2014). Stiller has revealed that he would like model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne to make an appearance in the sequel too.
Released in 2001, the original film followed Stiller’s dim-witted male model Derek Zoolander as he got sucked into a plot by corrupt fashion executives to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It has gained a sizeable cult following in the years since its release.