Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 movie about a group of male strippers which was loosely based on Channing Tatum’s life before becoming a professional actor, is getting a sequel called Magic Mike XXL. There’s certainly revenue potential from a sequel since Magic Mike grossed over $167 million at the box office.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for XXL.
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
Sounds like we’re in for a road trip movie!
In casting news, Magic Mike XXL has added Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), Amber Heard (3 Days to Kill), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham). Today it was announced that, in addition to Michael Stahan of Live! with Kelly and Michael, Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) and Donald Glover (Community) have also been cast in unspecified roles.
Matthew McConaughey will not be returning, sadly enough. Neither will Alex Pettyfer or Cody Horn, which is more of a cause for celebration if you ask me. Pettyfer played Mike’s protege, nicknamed “The Kid,” with Horn playing his sister and Mike’s love interest. Horn, especially, was terrible in the original movie.
Channing Tatum will be returning in a starring role, however, along with Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Adam Rodriguez (Reckless), and WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.
Magic Mike XXL will open in theaters on July 1, 2015.