Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Hangover 3

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Don't expect The Hangover 3 to be just like the first two films in the wild and hilarious franchise.

"It's going to be quite a bit different," Hangover 3 writer Craig Mazin told us at last night's L.A. premiere of Identity Thief. "They don't wake up and wonder what happened the night before."

"The storyline is quite a bit different, but it's still the four guys that are on an insane adventure," Mazin continued. "Frankly, [director] Todd [Phillips] and I really approached this in the point of view of a great ending to a trilogy and it kind of explains quite a bit and ties back to the first movie in a very interesting way. I think Todd did an incredible job."

Mazin promises The Hangover 3 will have all the shock-value of the first two. "There is stuff in this movie that I just can't believe was filmed," he laughed. "It's not even shocking, well yes, but it's just so audacious. This is a really audacious movie. The biggest third movie of this kind I've ever seen and I just think people are going to really love it."

Mazin says we'll see the wolf pack heading to multiple U.S. cities in the flick (not outside the country though), adding, "What starts in Vegas must end in Vegas."

Mazin also said it was "weird" for Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and everyone to say goodbye to the franchise. "It was a hard thing," he said. "I think they've become such great friends and, frankly, all of them really became stars from The Hangover and it's a big part of their lives...I certainly felt choked up on that last day."

And as for reports funnylady Melissa McCarthy will pop up for a Hangover 3 cameo? "She might or might not," Mazin teased. "If I told you, first of all, I would be killed and then you would be killed."

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