After several years of delays, we reported back in November that the long-awaited sequel Zoolander 2 is finally happening. Ben Stiller is set to star in and direct, with Penélope Cruz signing on for an unspecified role, and Will Ferrell (Mugatu) and Owen Wilson (Hansel) also expected to reprise their roles in the sequel. Today, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Christine Taylor, who confirmed that she is reprising her role as journalist Matilda Jeffries from the original 2001 comedy Zoolander.
"I can tell you that I'm involved, but that's all I can say. I can tell you it's happening, but I can't tell you where Matilda's at and where their relationship is at. It's all top secret!"
At the end of Zoolander, Matilda settled down with Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) to start a family, raising their son Derek Jr. and forming "The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too." Ben Stiller revealed in a 2011 interview that the story is set 10 years after the original, with a majority of the plot taking place in Europe where Derek isn't that relevant anymore. Of course, the script may have changed several times within those four years, so it isn't known if those details are still accurate.
Ben Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, who was originally set to direct at one point before Ben Stiller returned to the helm. It isn't known if the project has an official green light at Paramount Pictures, or when production may begin. Christine Taylor is also Ben Stiller's wife in real life, starring alongside her husband in Tropic Thunder and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.