Could Justin Bieber fit the role of a beautiful person who can pull off peak “Blue Steel” before meeting an untimely movie death in Zoolander 2 any more than he does? Based on the first trailer, which touched down today, and oh, too many selfies to count, we’d say no.
Director and co-lead star Ben Stiller agrees. After finally getting around to co-writing a sequel to the 14-year-old and much-beloved original, Stiller cast the superstar-everyone-loves-to-hate-but-just-can’t-stop-obsessing-over, as an endangered and soon-to-be-departed beautiful person in the new adventures of Derek Zoolander and Hansel (Owen Wilson).
Part of the plot reveals the world’s most beautiful people are being assassinated. These include Justin Bieber, and as we later find out in the trailer, Demi Lovato, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, and Miley Cyrus, (and likely more).
The pop superstar is seen in the opening seen he talked about a while ago, doing an impressive set of parkour moves while he’s hunted through the streets of Rome by assassins.
Just as Bieber (IMDb states his character’s name in Zoolander 2 is Justin Bieber), is nabbed by unknown shooters and about to die, he gasps “Peace out, world,” pulls off a peak “Blue Steel” by a sheer act of will, and takes one final Snapchat selfie.
So, who will save the day? Stage left, the international and now much older male models Zoolander and Hansel.
The opening credits see the pair dusting off their glad rags after they’re hired by Interpol — via Penelope Cruz — to go undercover in the world of high fashion and track down whoever is killing all the pretty folk.
This is because all the beautiful people getting assassinated take “Blue Steel” selfies just before they all shuffled off the mortal coil. Inevitably, as that’s Derek’s signature look, Interpol came knocking.
It all leads back to a badder, madder Mugatu, who is now out of prison and even more nefarious than before. But before the trailer catches up with him, we find out Derek and Hansel are no longer the Big Thing in the modelling world.
Benedict Cumberbatch, almost unrecognizable as a dual-gender supermodel, informs the pair of this with an imperious snigger at a fashion event.
From there, it’s more cameos (Joe Jonas, anyone?) as Zoolander and Hansel embark on their mission to find the villain(s) and save all the beautiful people. Fourteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel. So we’re hoping the cameos, Bieber’s opening, and what we’ve learned so far from the trailer, makes for a great comedy tour de force next year.
Quite how the first Zoolander film understood that we would one day all inhabit a world where the frozen stasis a selfie, would become so powerful a celebrity-maker, opinion shaper, and product mover, as well as mediums for selfies, really shows how ahead of the curve the original movie was.
In addition to Stiller, Wilson, Cruz, Ferrell, Cumberbatch, and a slew of cameos — including Bieber, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West, and tons more, other names in the cast are Kristen Wiig, Kyle Mooney, Billy Zane, and Olivia Munn.
Meanwhile, Bieber’s relentless promo tour continues in support of his widely acclaimed and just released Purpose album, which is now on track to debut at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales and Billboard 200 charts. After the record officially dropped on November 13, the singer performed three concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. That came off a week-long stint on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
On Tuesday, the heartthrob performed “Sorry” with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The following day he played a set at the Today Show in New York City with collaborators Halsey and Big Sean, and is currently in Chicago for another “An Evening with Justin Bieber” show.
Earlier Wednesday, Bieber was announced as the latest performer to join the star-studded lineup at the 2015 American Music Awards (AMAs) on November 22 in Los Angeles. He will also play the Jingle Ball in Atlanta and the U.K. and will kick off his Purpose World Tour on March 9, 2016.
Zoolander 2 opens in theaters on February 12, 2016.
— billboard (@billboard) November 18, 2015
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 18, 2015
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