The gang is back in “Magic Mike XXL,” this time in a road trip film. OK, most of the gang is back. Matthew McConaughey’s Dallas and Alex Pettyfer’s The Kid characters are awol, but returning to the fold are Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias.
Steven Soderbergh has vacated the director’s chair too, but don’t worry, he’s acted as director of photography, camera man and editor (we heard this one basically locked picture already). Instead, Soderbergh’s right-hand man and longtime producer/first A.D. Greg Jacobs is at the helm (he directed “Criminal” and “Wind Chill”).
From all accounts, while still written by Reid Carolin and Tatum, “Magic Mike XXL” sounds like much more of a good time buddies comedy. This time the strippers take a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripping convention.
Joining the cast for the sequel is Amber Heard, Michael Strahan, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell. Yesterday, Channing Tatum revealed the not-too-subtle “you can look, but you can’t touch” teaser poster (which you can see below) and today the first trailer has arrived. You can check that one below for all the sweatiness, grinding and other bad boy behavior. “Magic Mike XXL” dances into theaters on July 1. Watch the new trailer below.