It appears that fans have already watched the video 52.2 million times since it was made available on November 18. In the sequel, Ben Stiller returns as the duck-faced, dim-witted male model Derek Zoolander, along with Owen Wilson as his equally dunce (but ridiculously good-looking) rival Hansel McDonald. Several big-name actors are also set to appear in the follow-up flick, including Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, and Justin Theroux, who will be reprising roles from the first film, along with Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and Kyle Mooney. Perhaps the most notable new additions to the cast for cameo appearances, however, include pop favourite Justin Bieber, and Benedict Cumberbatch in stunning drag.
Stiller serves as both star and director of this film, which will see Zoolander and Hansel a decade later, seemingly now has-been models, forced to team up and try to rid the world of the beautiful people that are clearly getting all the attention nowadays. On the hit list to eliminate in hopes of making Hansel and Zoolander relevant again is, of course, Bieber, as well as other pop stars and starlets like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Usher, and Lenny Kravitz.
In addition to starring and directing, Stiller has his hands full in this cookie jar, also having written the script alongside Theroux, Nick Stoller, and John Hamburg. He will also have producing credits with Stuart Cornfeld, Scott Rudin, and Clayton Townsend. Jeff Mann serves as executive producer.
This duo of dummies has dethroned the previous duo to hold the record: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were the previous record holders, with 49 million views in a single week for the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To. That sequel came 20 years after the original. Luckily, Zoolander fans will only have had to wait 15 years: Zoolander 2 will be released in theaters on February 12, 2016.
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