The Meyerowitz Stories, by director Noah Baumbach, could spell something of a dramatic comeback for the maligned star.
The first ‘Zoolander’ was packed with amazing cameos including David Bowie, Posh Spice, and Donald Trump plus a host of huge names from the fashion world, so the bar was well and truly raised for the sequel. Fans suspected that they’d struggle to match that stellar line up for ‘Zoolander 2′, but from Susan Boyle and Ariana Grande to Justin Bieber and Benedict Cumberbatch, the new film is positively crammed with recognisable faces. The creative team behind the film including star and director Ben Stiller and writer Justin Theroux say stars were literally throwing themselves at them to get involved.
Together, they probably have roughly the same IQ as clothes shop mannequins, which made Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel perfect for this stunt. The pair stopped traffic and drew crowds in Rome as they posed in the window of the swish Valentino store. Moves such as Le Tigre, Magnum and, of course, Blue Steel were very much in evidence.
A petition has been launched condemning ‘Zoolander 2’ for being transphobic and calling for the movie to be boycotted. The ire has been caused by Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, as unveiled in the first trailer for the sequel, released last week. It featured a barely recognisable Cumberbatch playing an androgynous model called All. In the online petition, creator Sarah Rose writes: “Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals.