During the height of the Paris Fashion Week at the Valentino women’s wear show on March 10, there was an exciting announcement. Famed film models Blue Steel (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), from the iconic movie “Zoolander,” came out of retirement to wrap up the show with the final strut down the catwalk.
The two caught the audience by surprise when they made their best left turns down the runway, telling the public that a sequel is in the works.
“Zoolander 2” was announced through a variety of multimedia sources. The first was a tweet from Paramount Pictures, confirming the sequel and its release date in theaters, Feb. 12, 2016. After the fashion show, the two actors posed for an Instagram post stating that Derek and Hansel have come to terms to make the sequel.
Little to no detail was revealed about the film’s plot. According to Rolling Stone, some speculate that Stiller and Wilson will attempt to make a return to the cutthroat industry of male modeling.
A 2010 MTV interview with Stiller gives some insight of possible plot lines.
“In the fashion world, if you go away for a year, it’s changed – it just happens so quickly,” Stiller said at the time. “I think the idea in the beginning of the movie is that it’s 10 years later, and Derek and Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody remembers who they are, so they have to reinvent themselves.”
While the exact details of the movie are unknown, it doesn’t deter excitement from fans surrounding the film release.
Junior Michael Pisching, a longtime fan of the film, said, “I saw the movie when it first came out and became an instant fan of the characters. Their off-the-wall antics have made me laugh every time when I re-watch the movie.”
Sophomore Melody Nemunaitis said, “I watched the original film because, what else do you do on a Thursday night when you’re done with your homework? I love the movie and it doesn’t hurt that Owen Wilson is in the movie, either.” She added, “You will see me there on opening night.”
Some students were pleasantly surprised when they were informed that a sequel is indeed being made.
“Wait, are you serious? My friends told me, and I thought it was a joke because it literally sounded too good to be true,” senior Zach Simpkins said. “I can’t wait to see what they have in this one and hopefully it involves the Derek Zoolander Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.”
Editor’s Note: Information from Forbes, LA Times and Rolling Stone was used in this article.