‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Gets Release Date, Title

Apr 16, 2014 11:58am

If you can judge a movie by its title, then the “Magic Mike” sequel promises to be even bigger than the first.

Magic Mike XXL,” the follow-up to the 2012 sleeper hit loosely based on star Channing Tatum‘s exploits as a stripper, is scheduled to premiere July 3, 2015.

The old gang is expected to return, including Tatum, who is co-writing the follow-up.

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In February, the 33-year-old actor posted an Instagram photo of himself wearing a fedora and holding a notepad, while gazing at a bust of his “Magic Mike” costar Matthew McConaughey.

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“What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas? #runatribe,” he captioned the snapshot, referring to McConaughey’s character.

A redux has been talked about since the first film took in $167 million worldwide and scored high with critics. But don’t expect the second one to be as serious. This time, the guys will hit the road.

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“We don’t want to make it some serious slice-of-life movie,” Tatum told MTV after Sunday night’s Movie Awards. “We want to have real, like reality in it, but we don’t want to make, like, some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last movie and I think it surprised people and shocked people. This one, we want to have a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be … ridiculous stuff that you would never see in a movie, on the face of the earth, ever again.”

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