‘Now You See Me 2’ to Release in China (EXCLUSIVE)

Lionsgate’s comedy thriller “Now You See Me 2” set in the world of magicians will release in China next month.

The film, which is directed by Asian-American Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Step Up: 3D”) will get a June 22 premiere ahead of a June 24 theatrical release. It releases in North America on June 10.

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Jess Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Daniel Radcliffe, the picture also gives a significant supporting role to Jay Chou (“The Green Hornet”,) the Taiwanese singing-acting star who has a massive following in China.

The film is being treated as a flat fee import, rather than being released through China’s narrower, but more lucrative, 34 films per year revenue share quota.

The date comes before the beginning of the expected annual blackout period, in which time major foreign films do not get to release.

Imported movies coming up in China in the next weeks include “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” on May 20, “The Angry Birds Movie” on May 20 and “Alice Through The Looking Glass” on May 27.

The first “Now You See Me” released in China in October 2013.

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