At New York Comic Con in October, “Zoolander 2″ writer/director Justin Theroux told MTV News that when we finally catch up with Derek and his buddy Hansel — the fashion world’s It dudes back in the 2001 original — we’re hardly going to recognize them. “We start off with them in a pretty bad place,” he said of the sequel plans. “They’re about to ring 40’s bell. They have to claw their way back into the fashion industry in some way or another.”
But while these two dimwitted male models might no longer be A-list fashionistas, that doesn’t mean they’ve lost the egocentric mojo that makes them tick. Just take it from Hansel himself, Owen Wilson.
“The thing about Hansel is he can’t ever imagine himself, so even if he isn’t the #1 guy, I think he still carries himself as if,” Wilson told MTV News. “He’ll still have that Hansel swagger.”
Though a draft of the script is done — Wilson called it “really funny” — there’s still no set date for production to begin. When MTV News caught up with Ben Stiller last month, he told us they’re hoping to begin shooting in 2011.
“We’re working on it, we’re working on it,” he said. “Hopefully next year we’re going to be making it. But we’ve been full steam ahead on it.”
The fashion world, of course, has changed a great deal since ’01, with new trendsetters coming onto the scene in the years since Mugatu hilariously introduced his Derelicte collection, featuring models dolled up like rag-covered bums. And Wilson has a feeling that none other than Lady Gaga, that meat-dress-wearing fashion icon, could be perfect for a “Zoolander 2″ cameo.
“Maybe she makes a good foil for Hansel,” he laughed.
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