The world can be a terrifying place. The forces of evil seem to be lurking around every dark corner. At times, we don’t know where to turn. What we need in our lives is a little more Blue Steel. A little more Le Tigre. What we need is Zoolander 2.
The full-length trailer for Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2 (or, 2lander, which is the greatest name for a sequel since Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo), finally arrived courtesy of Paramount Picture’s YouTube channel, and it delivers all of the senselessly funny gags you would be hoping to find in a Zoolander follow up. The clip gives us a full breakdown of the story, though it sounds more like an Austin Powers sequel, blended with elements of celebrity and high fashion (naturally). We learn that the world’s most beautiful people are being targeted by a criminal organization:
And while Kristen Wiig is being teased as the face of the evil empire, we all know that she's just a patsy for the real power broker in Zoolander 2. Because if Derek and Hansel are back, then they BETTER prepare for Mugatu:
Ben Stiller is selective about his sequels. Yes, he has the Night at the Museum franchise, and he lends his voice to the Madagascar films. He also has met the Parents multiple times. But he usually counters those opportunities with fresh, unique and original comedies such as Tropic Thunder, Greenberg or the recent While We’re Young. He has held off reprising the role of Derek Zoolander, clueless male model, likely because fashion is a younger person’s game, and the time for Zoolander has passed. Because he’s now ready to bring him back to the big screen, we’re hoping it’s because Stiller and screenwriter Justin Theroux have concocted a clever premise and a gut0busting screenplay. The trailer suggests this is definitely possible.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.