I was the first to tell you that Zoolander 2's plot would feature a grown-up Derek Jr. clashing with his old man. As I said at the time, he's going to be "the opposite of his Dad... now fat enough to upset Sr., but also smart enough to run rings around him." Of course, the average pot plant is smart enough to outwit Zoolander. Anyway, the story of the son came out into the sun today and Ben Stiller tweeted the above image of the actor who has the role, one Cyrus Arnold. He doesn't seem to be too portly there, so perhaps Stiller thought better of having an overweight character be the butt of their jokes. It looks like his hair will be enough to drive Derek up the wall in any case. It's not too hard to imagine a scenario where Jr. becomes the fashionable one and Dad starts to ape him deliberately. Production on Zoolander 2 continues at Rome's storied Cinecittà Studios, the site of many of Fellini's great shoots. We'll be seeing it in our cinemas next February.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.