Taiwan-born Jay Chou has been cast in Lionsgate’s sequel Now You See Me 2, which has solidified its roster of actors joining returning stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine and Dave Franco. Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan are among the newcomers already tapped for the pic, which is being directed by Jon M Chu from a script by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon. Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing, with Lionsgate’s Erik Feig and Geoff Shaevitz overseeing. The first pic made $351.7M worldwide after its May 2013 release. The sequel picks up a year after the Four Horseman outwitted the FBI with their mind-bending tricks, when they come face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. Chou, an actor and director as well as one of Asia’s most popular musicians, is repped by JVR Music.
Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari has landed a role in MGM and Paramount’s Ben-Hur, the historical epic that Timur Bekmambetov is directing for the studios. He recently starred in Dutch crime thriller Wolf and joins Toby Kebbell, Jack Huston, and Freeman in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic. He’ll play Druses, a Roman captain who is involved with the betrayal by Kebbell’s Messala that sends Ben-Hur on his path to redemption. Kenzari also recently filmed a role in Eran Creevy’s Autobahn opposite Nicolas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Nummer19 in the Netherlands.