Zoolander 2 Exclusive: Derek Jr Is Grown Up, Super Smart And Seriously Overweight

Exclusive details on Ben Stiller's long-awaited sequel.

At the end of Zoolander, Derek's baby son steals the show by doing his own first modelling face. It's basically Blue Steel but smaller and cuter, and it looks very much like he's about to toddle off in his father's footsteps. But he isn't. We have now learned that Zoolander 2 will feature Derek Jr. grown up to tweenage, and a very big tweenage at that. He's become the opposite of his Dad and Jr. is now fat enough to upset Sr., but also smart enough to run rings around him. There aren't any obvious candidates for this role. I can't think of a single well-known actor in the 10-12 age group who's packing some extra weight. Maybe fans of the Disney channel will know somebody from one of their shows, but I'm completely at a loss. I expect the part is probably going to go to an unknown. Whoever does win this lottery will be off to Italy soon, to shoot with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor and Penelope Cruz. Lucky kid. Most of what Zoolander 2 is about has so far been kept under wraps, but we expect it will be slightly silly and rather funny. There's no release date just yet, but I'd think we can expect to see the film in 2016 at some point.
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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.