14 years after the hit comedy Zoolander, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller are set to reprise their roles as dim-witted male models in the upcoming sequel. The trailer was just revealed for
2oolander Zoolander 2, and the internet is already ecstatic, captivated, and nervous.
The trailer thankfully doesn’t give away much about the movie yet, opening with an animated sequence overdubbed by a Stephen Hawking-esque voice speaking about the universe and life’s biggest questions, while moving through tons of subtle and not-so-subtle references from the first movie – the first appearing at the 50 second mark where the ‘dictionary definition’ of the word “eugoogly” is briefly shown. Fans can also catch a no-left-turn sign, referring to Derek Zoolander’s inability to turn left, an orange mocha frappucinno, referencing the tragic gasoline fight, and a swimming merman, referencing Zoolander’s role as the Aveda spokesperson – “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.”
Finally the trailer zooms out to show Stiller in his classic Zoolander look rocking Blue Steel, asking what may be the most important question of all:
“If God exists, why did he make ugly people?”
The sequel is planned to be released February 12, 2016, with a screenplay written by Justin Theroux who’s known for Wanderlust, Tropic Thunder, and of course the original Zoolander wherein he plays a murderous breakdance-fighting DJ.
Hype for the film has been steadily building ever since Wilson and Stiller made a surprise appearance at Paris Fashion Week as their respective characters. Original cast members are said to be returning such as Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor along with some newcomers like Olivia Munn and Kristen Wiig. There are also rumors of Justin Bieber, Penelope Cruz, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Lewis Hamilton making appearances. It all amounts to a potentially great return for the bone-headed male models, and many are excited for the opportunity for the film to make fun of the modern selfie-taking, social-media-obsessed culture that we currently inhabit, since the plot reportedly involves Zoolander’s troubles readjusting to the new world of fashion and pop-culture, according to TheGuardian.
However, fans are remaining cautiously optimistic. With the onslaught of late sequels such as Anchorman 2, Dumb and Dumber Too, and Terminator: Genesis all practically bombing at the box office, it’s hard not to be weary of this sequel turning out to be a flop. Let’s just hope it walks the fine line of giving a fresh take on the Zoolander sense of humor that has become a cult-classic without relying heavily on rehashing jokes and referencing the first movie.
Watch the new trailer here: