Dave Franco Talks Unfinished Business, Now You See Me Sequel, and More

written by Jenny IX.III

Over the past few years, Dave Franco has shown he’s a lot more than just James Franco’s brother with great work in films like 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, and Neighbors. And now in director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) Unfinished Business, Franco shows he can hold his own with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson. As you probably know from the trailers, the film stars Vaughn as a man who starts his own small business after being fired, only to find himself up against his old boss (Sienna Miller) during a business trip to Europe. Franco and Wilkinson work for Vaughn, and the pic also stars James Marsden, and Nick Frost.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dave Franco. He talked about getting to work with the great cast, what it was like filming in Berlin, what the last few years have been like for him, if he’s going to be involved with the Neighbors sequel, the Now You See Me sequel (which is called Now You See Me: The Second Act), working with his brother on Zeroville, and a lot more.

Collider: How much fun did you have making this movie?

DAVE FRANCO: We had a great time. We filmed the majority of it in Berlin, which is now one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s just weird and artsy and progressive, and it feels like anything goes and there’s no judgment. It’s one of the few places that I’ve visited that I could actually live.

I’ve been to Berlin a few times, and I also have the same opinion. It’s a huge, amazing, off the wall, “holy shit” city.

FRANCO: Yeah! What I love is that they really encourage the arts, as opposed to many places around the world where the arts are kind of frowned upon, where people think you can’t really make it. They kind of set up the city in a way where artists can live cheaply and artists really encourage each other and help each other. It’s just a good vibe.

Not to put myself in this, but there are parts of East Berlin that I went to years ago that reminded me of downtown Los Angeles that had no money, no anything, buildings being covered by graffiti artists, and just amazing stuff. Now there’s a lot of money in the city so a lot of those areas are being pushed even further outside.

FRANCO: Right, exactly. It does seem like one of those cities that literally changes every single year.

You got to work with Tom Wilkinson, who is a very serious, great actor. How much fun was it getting him to break on camera?

FRANCO: [Laughs] I love Tom Wilkinson. I was so excited when I first heard that he was coming on board. Just because, like you said, he’s a two-time academy award nominee, and in this film he’s taking bong hits, he’s participating in pillow fights with naked women, and he’s involved in bondage situations. So I think people are going to be excited to see a different side of Tom Wilkinson. What I love about him is that because he’s such a great actor, he’s able to take moments in the film that could have otherwise been very broad, and he is able to ground them and make it feel very real. He’s just a pro, and he’s genuinely very funny and very dry. I could spend every day with that guy.

I think that the people that understand movies, who have seen his work and see him do crazy shit, are going to laugh for a completely different reason than other people.

FRANCO: Absolutely, absolutely.

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“Now You See Me 2” Gets A Release Date

written by DeAdele IX.IX

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Lionsgate announced release dates for two upcoming projects: sequel Now You See Me 2 and roadtrip comedy Dirty Grandpa.

The sequel to the 2013 hit film about magicians who perform heists will hit theaters on June 10, 2016.

Summit is releasing the film, which will see the return of Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

Jon M. Chu is directing the film, which is produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen.

Now You See Me exceeded expectations when it opened in May 2013 to a $29.4 million domestic debut. It went on to earn $351.7 million worldwide.

The only other wide release set for the June 10, 2016, weekend is Sony’s Uncharted.


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Now You See Me 2 Expected To Start Filming Later This Year

written by DeAdele II.V

Louis Leterrier’s 2013 magicians and con artists thriller Now You See Me was an out-of-left-field hit, a crackling ensemble film that dropped into theaters amidst the likes of busy blockbusters like Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness… but surprised the industry by having massive legs. By the time it was finished, the film had banked a whopping $117.7 million domestically, and a powerful $351 million worldwide, carried by the drawing power of the film’s personable co-stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco. The sequel was greenlit, and today, we picked up a few details on the production’s possible future.

Dave Franco jumped on the phone with me this afternoon to talk about Neighbors, the hysterical dudes-versus-parents comedy from director Nicolas Stoller that will entertain audiences beginning next week. It’s one of a few winners Franco has on his summer agenda, which also includes June’s massive sequel, 22 Jump Street (where he says he has a brief, but memorable cameo in a prison cell). And he thinks he’s going from this busy summer into the planned Now You See Me 2, which allegedly is filming at the end of the year.

On the topic of that sequel, Dave Franco told me:

“Last I heard, we were still going at the end of this year. … I’ve heard a pitch of the story. It’s actually going to be really exciting. I was slightly weary, just because you never know when it comes to a sequel. But I think the first one opened up enough avenues. There are many directions left to explore. There are many places that it can go, and they really – they held true to the spirit of the first one, but it’s going to be enough of a departure that it doesn’t just feel like a complete copy of the first one.”

Franco went on to explain that a big portion of Now You See Me 2 will be spent exploring who this tight-knit band of illusionists really are off of the stage. As he mentions, they spent so much time in the first movie on a stage, in various states of performance, and the team now wants to figure out who they are as individuals – and likely, who they can scam next.

Who will be back for Now You See Me 2 (or, Now You Still See Me)? Louis Leterrier is scheduled to return to the director’s chair. Most of the original cast is expected to return, while Deadline reported in February that locations will shift to Europe and Asia to capitalize on the first film’s international successes. While he waits for that script, Dave Franco kills it opposite Zac Efron in Neighbors, which opens on May 9. Check it out.

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